Archive: 2020
  • December

    From problem to project – feasibility phase starts project rolling

    If a community, regional, or state government agency is seeking to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Chicago District to address a water resource problem within any of its seven mission areas, the Planning Branch is the first to be called.
  • Chartouni named USACE Cost Engineer of Year

    George Chartouni, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chicago District, was awarded the USACE Cost Engineer of the Year award at a virtual national awards ceremony on Nov. 12, 2020, hosted by Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General. 
  • Civilian personnel centers – federal employee go-to for all things recruiting, employee relations, plus more

    Twenty-three years ago, the district closed the doors to its Human Resources Office and joined forces with the Civilian Personnel Operating Center (CPOC), a regional office in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • October

    USACE Chicago District completes record-breaking fiscal year with $241M program

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District closed out fiscal year 2020 with a record-breaking $241M program. A significant contribution to the spike in execution was $137M from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the district’s support to the COVID-19 pandemic response.
  • September

    USACE enforcement actions can result in fines, permanent protection of natural areas

    Have you ever wondered what happens to money the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District collects in fines for wetlands violations, and how it obtains those fines in the first place? The Chicago District regulates certain activities conducted in waterways and wetlands located within Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry and Will counties in northeastern Illinois, as well as Lake, Porter and a portion of LaPorte counties in northwestern Indiana. And part of the Corps' regulatory responsibility involves ensuring that permittees comply with issued permits (i.e. compliance), as well as ensuring that unauthorized activities do not take place in jurisdictional areas (i.e. enforcement).
  • August

    USACE Chicago District summer hires a ‘win-win’ for students, organization

    Every day while walking to elementary school, Ryan Day said he remembers seeing a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) habitat restoration project sign along the Little Calumet River in Indiana. It wasn’t until years later, while speaking to a Corps rep at his university’s career fair, that he found out exactly what USACE does. And now, this civil engineering student is one of several summer hires getting firsthand work experience at the Chicago District.
  • July

    National Recreation and Parks Month - USACE Chicago District highlights its three recreation areas

    This month we celebrate National Recreation and Parks Month. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the nation's leading federal providers of outdoor recreation with more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states. Visitors of all ages can enjoy traditional activities like hiking, boating, fishing, camping, and hunting. Ninety percent of the Corps’ recreation areas are located within 50 miles of a major metropolitan center.
  • June

    Today U.S. Army celebrates 245 years, legacy of service to nation

    Today marks 245 years of the Army’s legacy of service to the nation. June 14 is also Flag Day and provides an opportunity to showcase patriotism and the shared Army values of love of country and oaths to defend the American way of life.
  • Silver Jackets team works with stakeholders to reduce natural hazards risks

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) participates in a program that provides a formal and unified approach to planning and implementing measures to reduce the risks associated with flooding and other natural hazards, and the team that’s leading the charge is called Silver Jackets.
  • May

    USACE Chicago District responds to record rainfall, activates Emergency Operations Center

    On May 17, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to record rainfall and flooding of the Chicago River and surrounding areas.