Routine operations and condition surveys; water control management, monitoring and reporting; coordination with local stakeholders; and generation of routine documents (e.g., Annual Flood Damage Reduction Report (AFDRR), annual reports, minor water control manual updates) in support of flood risk management mission and USACE requirements.
There has been recent interest in encroachment and future deauthorization of a part of the project – the North Branch Canal, located on the east side of Goose Island, between North Avenue and Chicago Avenue. This approximately one-mile-long segment of federal channel has not been used for commercial navigation for many years, due to the U.S. Coast Guard regulation dated 2 October 1995 to fix all bridges in a closed position, limiting vessel access significantly. Section 408 authority can be employed to allow temporary federal channel encroachments but imposes limits on the type of development that can occur within authorized channel areas. Proponents of the “Wild Mile” floating gardens and recreational development will need congressional assistance to implement channel deauthorization and achieve the redevelopment goals ultimately intended.