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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

Officials mark end of Hazel Crest water main project
10/13/2020
Oct. 13, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), and Hazel Crest Mayor Vernard Alsberry Jr. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a water main project in...
Officials to mark end of water main project
10/7/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), Hazel Crest Village President Vernard Alsberry Jr., and village officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the end of a water main...
Indiana Harbor dredging begins
10/5/2020
Dredging began at Indiana Harbor yesterday and will continue through the fall of 2020, a continuation of the dredging that stopped in 2019 for the winter season.The contractors, a joint venture with...
U.S. Attorney’s Office settles lawsuit with Chicago auto dealership over alleged pollution in Chicago River
9/29/2020
Sept. 23, 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced that it reached a settlement with a Chicago auto dealership to resolve claims that it discharged pollutants...
USACE enforcement actions can result in fines, permanent protection of natural areas
9/28/2020
Have you ever wondered what happens to money the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District collects in fines for wetlands violations, and how it obtains those fines in the first place?The Chicago...

Public Review

Regulatory Public Notices

LRC-2020-5-LMRGP
10/2/2020
Issuance of the Lake Michigan Regional General Permit (LMRGP)...
Nationwide Permit Reissuance in Indiana
9/29/2020
Request for Comments for the 2020 Nationwide Permits Reissuance in Indiana...
Proposed Reissuance of the Nationwide Permits in Illinois
9/24/2020
Request for Comments on the 2020 Nationwide Permits Reissuance in Illinois...
LRC-2016-423
8/20/2020
Proposed the Double Track Northwest Indiana Project for the South Shore Line commuter service. The proposed 26.6 mile long Project is located between Gary and Michigan City, Indiana spanning across...
LRC-2020-3-NWPL
5/26/2020
The National Wetland Plant List 2018 update has been finalized...
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