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House Warming Podcast, Episode 003: There’s Poop in the River!

A conversation about rainy days and combined sewer overflows with co-hosts Anni Metz & Sarah Bury      

This episode is sponsored by Collective Resource Compost, a company working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting food scraps from landfills and hauling them to a commercial composting facility. Learn more about Chicago area pick-up services at

Welcome, Sarah Bury, to the podcast! Sarah is acting as guest co-host while Abby takes a break, and we’re so happy to have her. 

In today’s episode, Anni and Sarah talk about how Chicago’s sewer system function and explain combined sewer overflows, which can reduce the load on the city’s sewers on rainy days by releasing untreated sewage into the Chicago River. You’ll also learn about Friend’s of the Chicago River’s Overflow Action Days campaign, and what you can do to reduce overflows and flooding when it rains. Sign up for Overflow Action Day alerts here:  

If you’d like to learn more about the work Friends of the Chicago River is doing, you can visit their website at You can also listen to this recent episode of The Climate Pod, recorded live in Chicago, to hear more about Friends of the Chicago River’s work. 

Subscribe to House Warming on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, or wherever you listen to podcasts. If you like the work we’re doing, you can support us on Patreon

We’d like to thank our sound editor, Ilana Marder-Epstein, our research assistant, Amelia Diehl, and our graphic designer, Reagan Carey, for their help with this episode, and Collective Resource Compost, for sponsoring our work. 

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