Why do we have to do even more?

The City has long maintained a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program permit that regulates discharges of untreated overflows resulting from combined sewers into the river. Due to evolving regulations, our municipality is required to develop a long-term control plan to reduce the incidence of CSOs. We must work to bring the number down as close to zero as possible. Since about 2007, Peoria has been diligently working to prepare a responsible plan that meets Clean Water Act requirements.

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1. Why does raw sewage overflow into the Illinois River during wet weather?
2. Why were our sewers built this way?
3. What are the harmful effects?
4. Has Peoria done anything in the past to reduce overflows?
5. Why do we have to do even more?
6. How are we proposing to reduce overflows now?
7. When will a decision be made whether we can move forward?
8. How will we pay for it?
9. What happens if we don't fix the problem?
10. Why should all Peorians care about this, no matter where we live?