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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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN-1), Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, and the Gary Sanitary District held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of a sewer improvement project in Gary, Indiana, March 19.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District hosted a Business Opportunities Open House Feb. 20.
The MWRD received $33.8 million in federal funds under authority of Section 1043 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, which allows federal funds to transfer through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to local sponsors for authorized projects.
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 Stories & Features

Gone: River Park dam one year later
7/31/2019 UPDATED
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...
Over 50 military Officers participate in division-wide USACE Officer Professional Development conference in Chicago
6/4/2019
Over 50 military officers from the Great Lakes region participated in a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Great Lakes & Ohio River Division (LRD) Officer Professional Development (OPD) conference...
Businesses learn more about federal opportunities during USACE open house
2/22/2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District hosted its second annual Business Opportunities Open House Feb. 20 for companies interested in job opportunities with the district and others in the...

News Releases & Advisories

Public comment period extended again for draft Chicago Area Waterway System Dredged Material Management Plan, integrated Environmental Impact Statement
6/18/2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District is extending the public comment period for the draft Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP) and integrated...
Public comment period extended for draft Chicago Area Waterway System Dredged Material Management Plan, integrated Environmental Impact Statement
6/3/2019
(May 30, 2019) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District is extending the public comment period for the draft Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP),...
Officials to hold public meeting for 2019 Indiana Harbor dredging start
5/9/2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and East Chicago Waterway Management District will hold a public meeting to present this year’s Indiana Harbor and Canal dredging schedule and activities....