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February 28, 1925

THE CHICAGO DRAINAGE CANAL AND THE WATER SUPPLY OF THE GREAT LAKES DISTRICT

JAMA. 1925;84(9):676-677. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660350040013
Abstract

The controversy over the Chicago drainage canal has become so overlaid with prejudice and so befogged in a cloud of contending issues, engineering, financial, legal, sanitary and political, that the average person who has not made a study of the subject may well consider the situation hopelessly and inexcusably muddled. There are a few general considerations, however, that should be kept in mind, and that permit at least a tentative judgment on the merits of the case.

The board of twenty-eight eminent engineers to which the whole matter has recently been referred makes the formal pronouncement that Lake Michigan is the only practicable source of water supply for Chicago and the adjacent territory. With this opinion there will be general agreement. Again, there can hardly be dissent from the view of the board that the abandonment of the main drainage canal and the discharge of the city's sewage into Lake

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