Welcome to the web site for the Weed Street Project. The project includes stabilizing the riverbank, restoring native species, and improving fish habitat at the Weed Street site along the Chicago River. The Weed Street site is located in the 1000 west block of Weed Street in Chicago.
Section 206, Water Resources Development Act 1996, as amended (Continuing Authority Program)
The Weed Street site is located in the 1000 west block of Weed Street along the Chicago River. The project site is 66 linear feet in length, encompassing the riverbank and approximately 65 feet inland from the top of bank. The project features include stabilizing the riverbank, restoring native species, and improving fish habitat. Approximately 66 feet of new steel sheet pile will be constructed about two feet in front of the existing retaining wall and filled in. The entire area above the wall was re-graded to create a gentler slope to allow for establishment of stabilizing vegetation, and invasive and non-native species were removed concurrently with bank re-grading. The re-graded slopes were stabilized with appropriate native plant communities. Fish habitat structures including lunker boxes will be incorporated into the project. An additional project feature at this site is managing public access to protect the banks and restore the vegetation. A path, overlook, and canoe launch will be constructed to permit continued access to the site while preventing damage to the riverbank and the restored areas.
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The project is completed. Preliminary Restoration Plan approved: September 1999. Ecosystem Restoration Report approved October 1999. Project Cooperation Agreement executed October 1999. Construction completed July 2002. Project turnover December 2004. Fiscal close out completed July 2005.