• USACE Chicago District to introduce 2021 Nationwide Permit Program in virtual webinar

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District Regulatory Branch will host a virtual webinar introducing the 2021 Nationwide Permit Program and highlight upcoming changes to its current permit program:
  • Great Lakes water levels lower than 2020 heading into spring rise

    DETROIT- Great Lake water levels in 2021 are tracking below last year’s levels, though Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie remain well above long-term average levels, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials who track and forecast Great Lakes water levels.
  • Salamonie Lake Tailwater Recreation Area temporarily closed to public access due to construction activities

    From today until further notice, the Salamonie Lake Tailwater Recreation Area will be closed for construction work on the Outlet Retreat Channel (Tailwater) to ensure public safety while the contractors are performing the improvements. 
  • USACE recruiting for students and recent graduates

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chicago District will be at the listed career fairs in Spring 2021 actively recruiting for Recent Grad (GS 5-12) and Student (GS 3-4) positions in our Chicago, IL office and field locations.
  • Chicago Harbor Lock lockages, vessel numbers low last year

    The Chicago Harbor Lock, located in Chicago and adjacent to Navy Pier, separates the waters of Lake
  • USACE Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2021 includes $62.6M for Chicago District

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021) Work Plan for the Army Civil Works program on January 19, 2021.
  • USACE Chicago District to hold virtual public meeting to provide information, mark start of 30-day comment period for 3 Indiana properties

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chicago District is going to conduct a virtual public scoping meeting that provides information and marks the start of a 30-day public comment period for a master plan update for three USACE properties in Indiana – Salamonie Lake, Mississinewa Lake, and J.E. Roush Lake.
  • WRDA 2020 authorizes Bubbly Creek construction

    On Dec. 21, 2020, Congressional leaders introduced a fiscal year 2021 omnibus appropriations bill that would provide $1.4 trillion in spending for government agencies, with the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2020 included.
  • USACE Chicago District welcomes new deputy commander

    Lt. Col. Matthew Broderick joins the Chicago District as the deputy district commander, a position where he assists the district commander with water resources development in the Chicago metropolitan area, upper Illinois River watershed, Lake Michigan watershed in Wisconsin, and the upper Wabash River watershed in Indiana – an area of about 31,500 square miles. The district’s primary missions focus on flood and costal storm risk management, navigation, aquatic ecosystem restoration, regulatory, emergency management, recreation, and interagency support services.
  • High water levels and wave events increase safety hazards

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges caution around Great Lake piers, breakwaters and jetties, particularly during times of high wind and wave events. Many accidents and incidents near harbor structures occur during the turbulent weather season late in the year and higher than normal water levels pose an added threat. The lakeshore attracts local residents and visitors alike and some may not be aware of the powerful impacts that strong winds, storms and high water levels can bring.