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Horner Park


Section 206, Water Resources Development Act 1996, as amended (Continuing Authority Program)

Project Description:

Ecosystem restoration is a high-priority budgetable mission for the Corps of Engineers.  The Chicago District currently has 19 ecosystem restoration projects either recently completed or in construction for a total of 2600 acres restored, nearly 60 miles of free flowing rivers and helping to prevent the interbasin transfer of Asian carp. In partnership with the Chicago Park District, Horner Park will be yet another significant contribution to the USACE mission to restore and reconnect sustainable habitat along the Chicago River.

Horner Park lies along the North Branch of the Chicago River in the City of Chicago, Illinois. The restoration area is bound by Montrose Avenue to the North, the Chicago River to the East, Irving Park Road to the South, and extends westward into Horner Park, stopping short of the existing athletic fields.  The project site is 14 acres in size, which includes approximately 2,600 feet of the riverbank.   The goal of this project is to restore the natural features of the North Branch Chicago River at Horner Park and its riparian zone within the constraints of the current system. The objectives of this project include: 1) restoring stream hydraulics and morphology 2) restoring riparian zone habitat and vegetation 3) restoring oak savanna habitat 4) prevention and/or removal of invasive species.  Both the design effort, and the construction contract are being funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

Please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions for more details. You can also download the Horner Park project presentation slides.


Total Project Cost:   $ 5,600,000
Federal Cost:   $ 3,600,000
Non-Federal Cost:   $ 2,000,000

Current Status:

Contractor has completed all riverbank regrading activities.  Establishment of vegetation and invasive species control activities will continue through 2018.


Links to herbicide-related documents:

Invasive Treatment Plan 

Material Safety Data Sheets

herbicide label information part one

herbicide label information part two

herbicide label information part three  

 Note: All public inquiries in regard to the MWRD project located on the east side of the river can be directed to Allison Fore of MWRD Public Affairs.  The number to reach her is 312-751-5600. 


Project Manager

Nicole Roach

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