Chicago River water quality bacteria estimates now online, updated continuously

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A continuously updated website has just gone online that estimates the amount of bacteria that comes from human and other warm-blooded animals' waste.
Rowers, kayakers and other users of the Chicago River can now get a real-time look at a measure of water quality thanks to three sensors installed in the river's three main branches to continuously estimate the amount of bacteria in the water from human and other warm-blooded animals' waste.

Current, a Chicago advocacy organization for cleaner water, planned to begin making the real-time results available to the public last year. But the coronavirus pandemic delayed that until Thursday, when a website updated with data taken every 15 minutes went online.

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