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Posted 3/28/2013

Release no. 032713-001


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Vanessa Villarreal
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Corps of Engineers to hold public meeting for 2013 Indiana Harbor dredging start

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Indiana Harbor and Canal dredging contractors will hold a public meeting April 3 to present the 2013 schedule and dredging activities, which is expected to begin the first week of April.

 

Who

Contractors Kokosing Construction Co. and O’Brien & Gere and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 

What

A presentation of the 2013 Indiana Harbor dredging activities and schedule

 

When

Wednesday, April 3 at 5 p.m. (Central)

 

Where

East Chicago City Hall

4525 Indianapolis Blvd. (2nd floor)

East Chicago, Ind. 46312

 

Why

In late Oct. 2012, construction was completed at the Indiana Harbor and Canal (IHC) Confined Disposal Facility (CDF), and dredging started at IHC for the first time since 1972. Over a period of eight to 10 years, this project will produce an estimated 1.8 million cubic yards of dredged materials. IHC is one of the busiest ports by tonnage and the number one area of contamination in the Great Lakes.

 

Portions of the federal channel will be dredged to achieve the congressionally-authorized navigation depths, and sediments in adjacent berthing and docking areas will be removed at the request of local industry and local sponsor, the East Chicago Waterway Management District.

 

After backlog dredging is complete, maintenance dredging will take place, as necessary, over a period of approximately 20 years, to remove re-accumulated sediments and maintain navigable depths in the waterway.

 

Air monitoring results at the CDF are available in real time, and additional project information is available at the dredging air monitoring data website http://www.indianaharbordredge.com and the Indiana Harbor project website http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorksProjects/IndianaHarbor.aspx.

 

Chicago District Corps of Engineers dredging Indiana Harbor