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Posted 9/16/2013

Release no. 091613-001


Contact
Lynne E. Whelan
312-846-5330
lynne.e.whelan@usace.army.mil

CHICAGO -- The dates and locations have been announced for public meetings to discuss the “Upper Des Plaines River and Tributaries, Illinois and Wisconsin Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment,” released for public comment on Sept. 3, 2013. The document outlines a 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.

Public Meetings will be held September 23-25, 2013 at the following locations. There will be an open house from 5:30-6:30pm and a presentation and open discussion from 6:30-8:30pm at each meeting. 

Monday, September 23, 2013:
Mount Prospect Village Hall
50 S. Emerson Street
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Tuesday, September 24, 2013:
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
500 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL 60048

Wednesday, September 25, 2013:
Kenosha County Building
19600 75th Street,
Bristol, WI 53104

The plans outlined in the draft report propose the construction of levees, reservoirs and other features to reduce flood damages in the Upper Des Plaines River watershed. The plans also include proposed ecosystem restoration features that would restore over 10,900 acres of native marsh, meadow, prairie, savanna, woodland and forest habitats in the watershed.

The report is available online at http://1.usa.gov/1dtLpFg. In addition, digital copies of the integrated report are available at the following libraries within the project study area: Des Plaines; Franklin Park; Warren Newport in Gurnee; Cook Memorial in Libertyville; Vernon Area in Lincolnshire; Park Ridge; Prospect Heights; River Grove; Riverside; Schiller Park; and Indian Trails in Wheeling.

Comments will be accepted by the Chicago District until Oct. 2, 2013. Written and oral comments will be accepted at the public meetings. Comments may also be submitted online at the project website; mailed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, 231 S. LaSalle Street, Ste. 1500, Chicago, IL 60604, ATTN: Peter Bullock; or e-mailed to UDPR&T@usace.army.mil.