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USACE Coronavirus Information
Newly appointed commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, Maj. Gen. Robert F. Whittle, Jr., met one-on-one with employees of the Corps’ Chicago District followed by a tour of current projects during his Sept. 24-27 visit.
One year ago, on July 31, 2018, the first jackhammer struck the dam at River Park where the North Branch of the Chicago River and the North Shore Channel converge on Chicago’s north side. The four-foot high concrete dam was a barrier to healthy ecosystems.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in December 2018 that four Illinois communities will be the recipient of a very competitive USACE pilot program for the beneficial use of dredged materials.
The Chicago District currently has 32 ecosystem restoration projects recently completed or under construction within its footprint of six counties in Illinois and three in northwest Indiana.
The Rio Guayanilla drains approximately 96 square kilometers into the Guayanilla Bay which opens to the Caribbean Sea. There have been 10 major floods in the last 25 years, and most recently in September 2017 during Hurricane Maria. The overbank flooding impacts more than 1100 homes, businesses, industry and utilities with estimated damages to be $2.5 million.
Performing unauthorized work in waters of the United States or failure to comply with the terms of a valid permit can have serious consequences. When in doubt as to whether a planned activity needs a permit, contact the nearest district regulatory office.

News Releases & Features

National Recreation and Parks Month - USACE Chicago District highlights its three recreation areas
7/1/2020
This month we celebrate National Recreation and Parks Month. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the nation's leading federal providers of outdoor recreation with more than 400 lake and river...
Pride Month celebrates LGBT community, honors achievements
6/29/2020
Fifty years ago, on June 28, 1970, the first Pride March took place in New York City. That day marked the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a series of demonstrations by members of the gay...
Army Corps of Engineers to hold virtual meeting to talk start of 2020 Indiana Harbor dredging
6/15/2020
An Indiana Harbor and Canal pre-dredge virtual public meeting will be held on June 17, 2020, at 6 p.m. to discuss the start of Indiana Harbor dredging this year...
Today U.S. Army celebrates 245 years, legacy of service to nation
6/14/2020
Today marks 245 years of the Army’s legacy of service to the nation. June 14 is also Flag Day and provides an opportunity to showcase patriotism and the shared Army values of love of country and oaths...
Silver Jackets team works with stakeholders to reduce natural hazards risks
6/2/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) participates in a program that provides a formal and unified approach to planning and implementing measures to reduce the risks associated with flooding and...

Public Review

Regulatory Public Notices

LRC-2002-21798
6/15/2020 UPDATED
Proposal to conduct periodic dredging of up to 150,000 cubic yards of sand per year (over a 10 year period) in and around the intake and discharge canals associated with the Midwest Generation, LLC’s...
LRC-2020-3-NWPL
5/26/2020 UPDATED
The National Wetland Plant List 2018 update has been finalized...
LRC-2020-3-NWPR
4/21/2020 UPDATED
On April 21, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” was published in the Federal...
LRC-2020-7
3/31/2020 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, is proposing the establishment of a new Regional General Permit for activities located within Lake Michigan in Cook and Lake Counties, Illinois...
LRC-2020-05-CV
3/13/2020 UPDATED
Due to Coronavirus precautions, the Chicago District Regulatory Branch is requesting all incoming correspondence for the Regulatory Branch be submitted electronically...