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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

USACE Chicago District prepared to respond to Coronavirus
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District is prepared to respond accordingly to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will provide additional information to the public as it develops....
Memo from the Director of Contracting re: COVID-19
For USACE Contractors, As the Director of Contracting for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, I wanted to personally reach out to all of you and let you know that we are actively monitoring the...
Today marks 16-year formal partnership with Dixon Elementary
Today marks the 16th anniversary of the district’s formal partnership agreement signing with Dixon Elementary, a Chicago Public School on the city’s South Side. But the relationship with the school...
Kissane: Every project we build has a foundation
Understanding the nature of earth materials from soils and rock that are part of an excavation wall or used in embankments is pretty much imbedded in the mind of Joe Kissane, senior geologist at the...
Chicago Harbor Lock – busiest in nation last year for lockages, vessels
The Chicago Harbor Lock, located in Chicago and adjacent to Navy Pier, separates the waters of Lake Michigan from the Chicago River. It is one of two entrances from the Great Lakes to the Illinois...

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Regulatory Public Notices

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. ...
2/7/2020 UPDATED
Proposal to discharge fill material into 1.84 acres of waters of the U.S for the construction of multiple low, submerged rubble ridges placed offshore of Illinois Beach State Park. Located...
Modification of the 2017 RPP
1/10/2020 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, has modified the set of Regional Permits (RPs) for activities which would have minimal individual and cumulative impacts on aquatic resources in...
LRL-2018-988 Indiana RGP
12/20/2019 UPDATED
The Louisville, Detroit, and Chicago Districts have reissued the Regional General Permit 1 in Indiana....
Changes to the IL RPP
10/31/2019 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, is proposing to modify the set of Regional Permits (RPs) for activities which would have minimal individual and cumulative impacts on aquatic...