The Corps has posted for a 30-day public review a draft study report and Environmental Assessment for the Jackson Park Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration Project April 11, 2014. The project site consists of approximately 155 acres of natural land along the western coast of Lake Michigan between 56th and 67th streets. The Chicago Park District owns the land and requested the Corps’ study. Jackson Park was designed by Fredrick Olmsted in 1890 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A public meeting will be held in East Chicago, Ind., March 13, 2014, to present the Indiana Harbor and Canal 2014 dredging schedule and activities.
The Corps has released for public review Documentation of Changes to the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment for the “Upper Des Plaines River and Tributaries, Illinois and Wisconsin Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment,” originally released to the public on Sept. 3, 2013. The document was prepared based on public comment and outlines proposed changes to the variety of potential flood risk management and ecosystem restoration projects that could be implemented along the Upper Des Plaines River – an area that extends approximately from southern Racine County, Wis., to Riverside, Ill.
The Corps submitted to Congress the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Report Jan. 6, 2014. The report contains eight alternatives, each with concept-level design and cost information, and evaluates the potential of these alternatives to prevent, to the maximum extent possible, the spread of 13 aquatic nuisance species, to include Asian carp. The options concentrate on the Chicago Area Waterway System and include a wide spectrum of alternatives ranging from continuing current activities to complete separation of the watersheds.