Corps of Engineers releases Bubbly Creek, South Branch Chicago River final integrated feasibility report, environmental assessment for public comment

Published April 6, 2020

CHICAGO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District released for public comment today the Bubbly Creek, South Branch Chicago River final integrated feasibility report and environmental assessment.

The study was completed in partnership with the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development. The final report provides a recommendation by the district’s commander for an ecosystem restoration project for Bubbly Creek.

Currently, Bubbly Creek is a highly degraded waterway supporting tolerant and invasive species. Features of the proposed project include restoration of approximately 40 acres - to include 30.7 acres of substrate restoration, 9.3 acres of riparian restoration, one acre of emergent plant restoration, 3.3 acres of submergent plant restoration, and restoration of woody debris at 10 locations within the channel. 

After implementation of the proposed restoration plan, the channel would support more diverse and abundant native aquatic plants and animals, and resident and migratory bird population. The project is expected to benefit the McKinley Park, Bridgeport, and Pilsen neighborhoods.

The report is available online at  From today through May 6, 2020, USACE is accepting comments electronically to with the subject “ATTN: Bubbly Creek.”

Vanessa Villarreal
(312) 846-5331

Release no. 20-006