Saturday, November 8, 2008

Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium

Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium..
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's "Wastewater System"; received this honor for being "One of the finest example of how civil engineering ingenuity shaped the development of society's quality of life in the 20th century ".. [ As inscribed on the monument]
Designated: Sep 19, 2001 ...

Further inscribed on the rock monument..
Monument of the Millennium ...
"The *ASCE presented only ten such awards worldwide, each representing the most outstanding example of Civil Engineering in a particular area of infrastructure over the past century.
Created in 1889, the District built canals that reversed the flow of Chicago River away from Lake Michigan protecting public drinking water supply and eliminating waterborne diseases prevelant at the time. The District later built wastewater treatment plants to collect and treat all the wastewater in the area.

The District has continued with new technology and foresight in construction of Tunnel and Reservoir Plan [TARP], for the capture of combined sewer overflows that would otherwise discharge to the inland waterways and the Sidestream Elevated Pool Aeration [SEPA] stations to add more oxygen to the waterways. These and other innovations of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago proudly continues the commitment to protect Lake Michigan and the inland waterways ...

ASCE* = American Society of Civil Engineers..

Y-symbol at the Monument..

For more on Y-symbol.. click here..

The building in the background is..
Chicago Marine Safety Station.. click here..

1 comment:

Frank Zurek said...

Nice catch! I never noticed the Municipal Device there. I'm going to use the location on a scavenger hunt I'm helping to organize at work.