Corps to hold public meeting for Indiana Harbor dredging project

Published Sept. 13, 2012

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting to provide information about upcoming dredging at Indiana Harbor:

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

WHERE: East Chicago City Hall
               4525 Indianapolis Blvd. (2nd floor)
               East Chicago, IN

TIME: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On the agenda is the dredging schedule, an introduction to the dredging contractor, and a review of the new air monitoring project website.

Due to contaminated sediments and lack of a suitable storage area for the sediment, the Indiana Harbor and Canal has not been dredged since 1972. An estimated dredging backlog of 1.6 million cubic yards of sediments currently causes pollution of Lake Michigan and affects the efficiency of deep draft commercial navigation.

The Indiana Harbor project will dredge portions of the federal channel starting in fall 2012 to achieve the congressionally-authorized navigation depths. The project will also include the removal of sediments in adjacent berthing and docking areas at the request of local industry and local sponsor, the East Chicago Waterway Management District. Dredging is planned to continue every year until the navigation depth is restored.

A dredging/facility operation contract was awarded in fall 2011 to Kokosing Construction Co. and O’Brien & Gere.

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Vanessa Villarreal

Release no. 091312-01