Protecting the People Downstream

Grand Rapids’ unwavering commitment to its environmental goal has helped the city beat a 30-year plan to eliminate CSOs by four years.
Protecting the People Downstream
Environmental Services Manager Michael Lunn (left) and Managing Director of Public Services Tom Almonte discuss a project at the Grand River Dam in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Photography by John R. Fulton Jr.)

Sometimes a city tackles a major problem only because legislation requires it. Almost 30 years ago, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, embarked on a massive sewer separation project simply because it was the right thing to do. Today’s total victory over combined sewer overflows...

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