AUTHORITY: Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration, (Section 506, WRDA 2000)
DESCRIPTION: The potential Deep River project is located primarily in Gary, Indiana with a small portion in Lake Station, Indiana. This study would investigate the most effective, safe and acceptable way to remove the dam for fish passage and riverine restoration. The second portion of the study would investigate ways to restore hydrology within the 80 acre riparian parcel that consists of wet and mesic woodland dotted wetland pockets. FY12 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funds were used for feasibility-level study of the project which may be ready to start construction in FY15.
BENEFITS: Restoration of stream, woodland, savanna, ephemeral pools and rivulets, and associated riparian plant communities in support of Great Lakes invertebrates, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and migratory bird species.
CURRENT STATUS: The Determination of Federal Interest (DFI) Report was initiated in November 2012. The DFI Report is scheduled to be submitted for review and approval in April 2013.