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A Catalyst for

Better, Cleaner Water

Where Innovation Flows

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More healthy water for our homes; less floodwater in our basements

Our Impact

Our Impact

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Current-led partnership wins $160 million federal grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded Great Lakes ReNEW a $160 million regional innovation engine. Our mission: To invent new ways to extract valuable minerals and toxic forever chemicals from our wastewater.

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H2NOW Wins the Chicago Innovation Award

During warm months, sensing probes, installed in the Chicago and Calumet rivers, estimate fecal coliform levels every 15 minutes. The data is continuously published on the H2NOW Chicago Water Monitoring website or via a QR code. Kayakers and other river users now have the most up-to-date information about water conditions.