Kayaking the Chicago River this holiday weekend? Now you can get an estimate of bacteria levels before you go.Chicago now has real-time monitori...

Kayaking the Chicago River this holiday weekend? Now you can get an estimate of bacteria levels before you go.Chicago now has real-time monitori...Kayaking the Chicago River this holiday weekend? Now you can get an estimate of bacteria levels before you go.

Chicago now has real-time monitoring of the river, a result of years of collaboration, developing technology and calls from advocates for a more transparent look at pollution.

Water quality reports, based on measurements taken every 15 minutes, are available through an online platform called H2NOW. The project is led by Current, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to solving local and global water challenges, with more than a dozen partners on board including the taxpayer-funded Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, which manages sewage and stormwater, and the city’s Department of Water Management.