Landscape Architect Mary Pat McGuire Envisions Solutions for Chicago's Flooding

Friday, October 28, 2016

Since 1975, Chicagoans have looked to the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan, or the Deep Tunnel Project, to alleviate the flooding that billions of gallons of water create after just one inch of rainfall. At a cost of $3 billion to date, the subterranean reservoirs dug to hold water and sewage for treatment have only somewhat eased woes caused by excess storm water. Mary Pat McGuire, an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, has turned to a more natural solution. Through a mapping project undertaken with students, the Illinois State Geological Survey, and the U.S. Geological Survey, she is identifying underground sand deposits near paved areas that could be sites for less costly approaches. She hopes to work with local community groups to implement design prototypes and push officials to more equitably distribute flood abatement measures across the city. Read more about her project in Architects Newspaper.