Gabriel is closed Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday.
We wish you all happy Thanksgiving!
Gabriel was excited to tour the almost-ready-to-be-opened McCook Reservoir, near MWRD’s Mainstream Pumping Station. When this reservoir goes online around Thanksgiving, it will hold 3.5 billion gallons of stormwater to help prevent flooding, improve water quality in Chicago area waterways, and protect Lake Michigan from pollution. Phase II of the McCook reservoir isn’t scheduled to be completed for another 10-12 years, but it will eventually add another 6.5 billion gallons of capacity.
MWRD’s Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) has been process since the initial tunnel construction started in 1975. The four TARP tunnel systems are designed to flow to three huge reservoirs, and the system will have a total capacity of 20.55 billion gallons when complete. The stored water is then pumped from the reservoirs to water reclamation plants to be cleaned before being released to waterways.
Learn more about how TARP works on the MWRD website.
Gabriel is pleased to be an official ‘Astronomers Without Borders‘ (AWB) donation site for used solar glasses.
The donated glasses will be sent to schools and other institutions in South America and southeastern Asia for the next eclipse in 2019.
AWB will examine all of the donated glasses to make sure they are ISO-certified and aren’t damaged.
Donations can be dropped off at our reception desk from 8:00am – 5:30pm. After-hours and weekend donations can be dropped off in the collection box by our side door in our parking lot.
Gabriel is located just north of downtown Chicago between North Avenue and Division Street, off the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94).
For a limited time, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is offering free tours of its Mainstream Pumping Station and McCook Reservoir this summer and fall. The tours will give visitors a complete overview of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) system and how it functions to improve local water quality and mitigate flooding throughout Cook County.
McCook Reservoir is scheduled to be completed in late 2017. It will be the last and largest of three reservoirs being constructed as part of TARP.
In June 2010, IEPA lowered the deductible for all new eligible Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Incidents to $5,000. Prior to that change, deductibles range from $10,000 to $100,000 depending on the number of tanks and date of registration.
The Illinois EPA’s online UST Fund Guide correctly lists these deductibles, but the new $5,000 deductible for all LUST Incidents after June 2010 is hidden on a different fact page that is difficult to find on the new IEPA website (Leaking USTS – Publications & Regs – Public Act 096-0908 – Fact Sheet 3).
The confusion about eligibility and high deductibles for some sites deterred many tank owners from cleaning up their LUST Incident and obtaining a No Further Remediation (NFR) letter from IEPA. As a result, Illinois streamlined their deductible qualifications and reduced it to a more manageable $5,000.This change states that no matter what date an eligible petroleum tank was registered, any LUST Incidents declared after June 8, 2010 are subject to a $5,000 deductible.
Eligible tanks include releases of:
As part of their ‘Infrastructure Week,’ Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is opening up six of its water reclamation plants (WRP) for free open houses and tours on May 20, 2017.
Visitors can tour any of the following plants:
MWRD will also be giving away free trees and compost, while supplies last. All ages welcome. No open-toed shoes.
More information can be found on MWRD’s Facebook page.
Chicago’s water-sewer taxes approved
for the next 4 years:
This tax is in addition to the water/sewer fees that Chicagoans
already pay and is expected to help pay for part of Chicago’s
EPA’s WaterSense website lists some easy ways to reduce water usage:
Gabriel can also help commercial and industrial facilities assess their water usage to determine if any water savings may be achieved. Contact our Water Department at 773-486-2123 or water[at]gabenv.com to discuss Gabriel’s water saving audits.
More information about the water tax can be found on the City of Chicago’s Finance webpage.
There’s still a few days to enjoy the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier. From March 18th – 26th, enjoy life-sized gardens, how-to workshops, and instructional seminars at this annual event.