Project Sponsors

City of Chicago and Chicago Park District

Current Status

The Morgan Shoal segment is one of the last two remaining segments of the 1994 Congressionally Authorized Chicago Shoreline Storm Damage Reduction Project. The project non-federal sponsors are required to complete this segment under Corps oversight.

The project is currently in the design phase.  The Public Building Commission of Chicago is managing the development of design, procurement, and construction of the project. 

To comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an environmental assessment (EA) was completed for the 1994 Chicago Shoreline Storm Damage Reduction Project feasibility report.  Consistent with the previously completed project segments, the Corps is developing a NEPA supplemental EA specifically for the Morgan Shoal segment. The NEPA scoping period ended in November 2022, with the draft supplemental draft NEPA document to be released for formal public and agency review in the coming months.
 

Project Description and Background

The project provides storm damage protection to the Lake Michigan shoreline and Lake Shore Drive, a major transportation artery in the city of Chicago. The Morgan Shoal reconstruction project involves the reconstruction of existing revetment along the Morgan Shoal corridor within the larger Burnham Park. Proposed coastal structures include a combination of rubble mound and dynamic revetement along much of the reach, with a stepped stone block and transitional concrete and sheetpile revetment at the existing 51st Street structure. Shoreline improvements also include the addition of up to 9.5 acres of new parkland that enhance connectivity and recreation, promote natural and nature-based features for ecology functions, and reduce flooding and erosion. Additional details can be found in the 2015 Morgan Shoal Framework Plan (https://assets.chicagoparkdistrict.com/s3fs-public/documents/page/Burnham_Park_-_Morgan_Shoal_Framework_Plan_%28Final%29.pdf

Project Authorization

Sec 101, Water Resources Development Act of 1996 as amended.

Project Manager

Mike Padilla

Project Location

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

Project Area / Photos

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