US Army Corps of Engineers
Chicago District

  • Corps of Engineers to hold public meeting for 2013 Indiana Harbor dredging start

    Indiana Harbor Dredging Contractors Kokosing Construction Co. and O’Brien & Gere and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will present the 2013 Indiana Harbor dredging activities and schedule at a public meeting April 3, 2013. Over a period of eight to 10 years, this project will produce an estimated 1.8 million cubic yards of dredged materials. IHC is one of the busiest ports by tonnage and the number one area of contamination in the Great Lakes.
  • Going Green: protecting our Great Lakes from the invasive Asian carp

    The Corps of Engineers, along with its partners in the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee, is committed to preventing these invasive fish from becoming established in the Great Lakes to include putting electricity in water, participating in extensive monitoring to locate the fish, increasing the understanding of DNA water samples and conducting an extensive study that looks at options to prevent the transfer of all aquatic nuisance species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins.
  • Corps and partners release Asian carp environmental DNA study findings

    Federal agencies released an interim report for the Asian Carp Environmental DNA Calibration Study (ECALS), which is a three-year study funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, as scoped by the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework.The purpose of ECALS is to improve the understanding and interpretation of Asian carp environmental DNA results, so we can refine and make this relatively young monitoring tool the most effective to detect live Asian carp presence.
  • How the Chicago District has 'weathered' recent storm events

    A look at Hurricane Sandy and drought impacts to district navigation infrastructure.
  • Dredging commences for the number one area of contamination in the Great Lakes after 40 years

    The Indiana Harbor and Canal had not been dredged since 1972, but thanks to a truly collaborative effort, the Chicago District has started to safely remove and contain sediment to not only restore deep draft commercial navigation but improve water quality in southern Lake Michigan.
  • The U.S Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments for Wisconsin Aquatic Nuisance Species Pathway Reports, released today

    Eight draft Aquatic Pathway Assessment Reports for Wisconsin released today, as part of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study. The reports, which were developed in coordination with federal, state and local partners, show that Portage Upstream (Columbia County), Portage and Canal Downstream (Columbia County), Rosendale-Brandon (Fond du Lac County) and Brule Headwaters (Douglas County) have a medium probability for the potential transfer of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSv) from the Great Lakes Basin into the Mississippi River Basin.
  • The U.S Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments for Indiana Aquatic Nuisance Species Pathway Reports

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today, Nov. 9, released for public comment three draft Aquatic Pathway Assessment Reports for the State of Indiana: Eagle Marsh, Loomis Lake and Parker-Cobb Ditch. The purpose of each report is to evaluate key evidence to estimate the likelihood of an aquatic pathway forming and the possibility of aquatic nuisance species using it to reach the adjacent basin, as part of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS).
  • Officials mark construction completion at confined disposal facility, dredging start at Indiana Harbor Canal

    On Oct. 29, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Peter Visclosky and officials from Indiana held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the construction completion at the confined disposal facility (CDF) and the start of dredging at Indiana Harbor and Canal. Groundwater pumping and treatment is also underway, and air monitoring activities are occurring.
  • Officials mark construction start for Griffith sewer improvement project

    Oct. 19, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Peter Visclosky, and officials from Griffith, Indiana held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for Griffith’s sewer improvement project.
  • Corps of Engineers releases interim aquatic nuisance species report to Congress for the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study

    Today, USACE released the GLMRIS 90-Day Interim Report, sent by the Secretary of the Army, Civil Works, to Congress, Oct. 4. This interim report outlines anticipated milestones, required resources and a plan for the completion of the GLMRIS Report, which will evaluate a range of options and technologies to prevent the transfer of aquatic nuisance species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins by aquatic pathways, by December 2013, as required by current legislation.