US Army Corps of Engineers
Chicago District

  • Contract awarded for Burns Approach Channel dredging and disposal

    The district awarded a contract for $867,500, Sept. 25, 2013, to Luedtke Engineering Company LLC. for mechanical dredging and disposal of 75,000 cubic yards at Burns Approach Channel in Portage, Ind. The dredged material will be placed in water along Ogden Dunes. Work is expected to begin spring 2014. Severe shoaling occurred at this channel as a resultant of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Corps announces dates for public meetings to discuss Des Plaines River report

    The dates and locations have been announced for public meetings to discuss the “Upper Des Plaines River and Tributaries, Illinois and Wisconsin Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment,” released for public comment on Sept. 3, 2013. The document outlines a variety of potential flood risk management and ecosystem restoration projects that could be implemented along the Upper Des Plaines River – an area that extends approximately from southern Racine County, Wis., to Riverside, Ill.
  • Dredging starts on Sandy-relief-funded contracts for Burns Small Boat, Michigan City harbors

    Hydraulic dredging of approximately 45,000 cubic yards at Michigan City Harbor in Michigan City, Ind., began Sept. 6, 2013. Hydraulic dredging of approximately 25,000 cubic yards will be dredged at Burns Small Boat Harbor in Portage, Ind., beginning in a few weeks. A contract was awarded in the amount of $551,500 July 15, 2013 for these operations.
  • Contract awarded for levee work in Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights

    $2.4 million contract awarded Aug. 31, for work on Levee 37 that extends from Euclid Avenue to Palatine Road. This contract includes small closure structures for pipes crossing the line of protection - adding 135 feet of floodwall along Milwaukee Avenue and closing a regulated 600-foot gap in the levee, following construction completion of compensatory storage. Work will benefit residents of Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights, Ill.
  • Des Plaines River report released for public comment

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District released for public comment the “Upper Des Plaines River and Tributaries, Illinois and Wisconsin Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment,” Sept. 3, 2013. The document outlines a variety of potential flood risk management and ecosystem restoration projects that could be implemented along the Upper Des Plaines River – an area that extends approximately from Racine, Wis., to Riverside, Ill. Comments will be accepted by the Chicago District until Oct. 2, 2013.
  • Corps awards contract for work on new electric barrier

    The district awarded a contract July 31, 2013, for construction of water structures as part of a new electric barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in Romeoville, Ill. This is as an upgrade to the demonstration barrier that has been online since 2002. The barriers are operated to deter the inter-basin establishment of Asian carp and other fish through an electric field in the water.
  • Natural treasures protected through GLFER and GLRI

    Resources like the Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration program and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding allow the Corps of Engineers to protect and restore our natural treasures, from the smallest wetlands to our Great Lakes. The Chicago District manages an extensive ecosystem restoration program that restores and protects over 2,600 acres of streams, lakes and wetlands and opens up over 58 miles of free-flowing river.
  • Corps signs project partner agreement for Rosewood Park ecosystem restoration project

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Park District of Highland Park signed the Project Partnership Agreement for the Rosewood Park Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration Project, July 25, 2013.
  • New home for Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District Headquarters

    The Chicago District Headquarters will move to a new location at the Bank of America Building, effective approximately July 15, 2013.
  • Officials mark construction start for East Chicago pipe lining project

    Today, Rep. Peter Visclosky (IN-1), officials from East Chicago, Ind., and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for the East Chicago pipe lining project.