Please join us for Networking, Appetizers, Drinks, & Dinner, and
Celebrate the 350th Anniversary of Joliet and Marquette's Voyage of Discovery
by Listening to Dick Lanyon
Describe the Lasting Legacy of the Chicago Portage!
Lanyon traces how the portage route was first exploited to build a modest canal and railroads for commercial purposes, then developed into a larger canal to divert city wastewater away from Lake Michigan. Finally, he explores how the precise location of the ancient subcontinental divide is critical in accounting for the Chicago area’s allowance of Lake Michigan’s water as mandated by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Dick Lanyon is a scientist and author of “Building the Canal to Save Chicago”, "West by Southwest to Stickney: Draining the Central Area and Exorcising Clout" and other books about the development of Chicago’s waterways. He is also the former Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
Networking & Cocktails - 5:00 PM
Dinner - 6:00 PM
Speaker Presentation - 7:00 PM