Archive: 2020
  • 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.
  • Officials mark end of Calumet City storm water pump replacement project

    Nov. 2, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), and Calumet City Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a storm water pump replacement project in Calumet City, Illinois.
  • Five-month Chicago Harbor lock closure to begin November 16

    The Chicago Harbor Lock will be closed to all vessel traffic starting from 7 a.m. CST Monday, November 16, 2020, through 4 p.m. CDT Wednesday, April 14, 2021, for reconstruction of the north chamber wall.
  • Officials to mark end of storm water pump replacement project

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), and Calumet City officials will hold a
  • Corps of Engineers completes Fort Sheridan Great Lakes Fishery, Ecosystem Restoration project with USEPA funds

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District (USACE) has completed construction for the final phase of the Fort Sheridan Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) project, located at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve in unincorporated Lake County, Illinois. The majority of the $9.1 million federal share was funded with Great Lakes Restoration and Initiative (GLRI) funds received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. USACE is one of 16 federal agencies that uses GLRI funds to plan, design, and construct long-lasting restoration projects in cooperation with nonfederal partners.   
  • Officials mark end of Hazel Crest water main project

    Oct. 13, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), and Hazel Crest Mayor Vernard Alsberry Jr. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a water main project in Hazel Crest, Illinois.
  • Officials to mark end of water main project

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), Hazel Crest Village President Vernard Alsberry Jr., and village officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the end of a water main improvement project in Hazel Crest, Illinois
  • Indiana Harbor dredging begins

    Dredging began at Indiana Harbor yesterday and will continue through the fall of 2020, a continuation of the dredging that stopped in 2019 for the winter season. The contractors, a joint venture with Kokosing Construction Company, Ohio, and O'Brien and Gere, Illinois, will dredge approximately 150,000 to 200,000 cubic yards in 2020. The navigation project consists of a harbor channel ranging in depth from 27 to 29 feet low water datum, and two canals with depths of 22 feet. The project includes the operation and maintenance of the East Chicago, Indiana, confined disposal facility.
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office settles lawsuit with Chicago auto dealership over alleged pollution in Chicago River

    Sept. 23, 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced that it reached a settlement with a Chicago auto dealership to resolve claims that it discharged pollutants into the Chicago River and created a hazardous obstruction to navigation.