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Historic Nuisance: The Chicago River and the Asian Carp

June 2016
Presenters: David L. Rieser

Watch Webinar Recording. (CLE/CPD Credit Available)

On January 17, 1902, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal opened and reversed the flow of the Chicago River directing all the industrial and human sewage befouling Chicago's drinking water in Lake Michigan down the Illinois River to the Mississippi. It spawned a century of nuisance litigation, including the first Supreme Court decision detailing how nuisance suits between states should be handled. It also facilitated the movement of invasive species, which led to the most recent nuisance case involving the Asian Carp.

This informative CLE program covers:
- The history of the Canal and River system;
- The Asian Carp dispute; and
- The nuisance issues raised by the operation of this system.