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Contact & Submission

Written requests may be submitted by email, or via regular mail.

Chicago408@usace.army.mil

USACE Chicago District
Section 408 Coordinator, ORD-R
231 South LaSalle St, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Public Notice

PROPOSED ALTERATION TO A FEDERAL CIVIL WORKS PROJECT, 408-LRC-2020-0042
4/22/2021
COMMENT PERIOD ENDS: May 13, 2021. Public notice for a proposed alteration to the Gary Burr Street levee segment of the Little Calumet River flood risk management project...
PROPOSED ALTERATION TO A FEDERAL CIVIL WORKS PROJECT, 408-LRC-2021-0013
4/21/2021
COMMENT PERIOD ENDS: Apr 30, 2021. Public notice for a proposed alteration to the Illinois Waterway Navigation Project (Cal-Sag)...
PROPOSED ALTERATION TO A FEDERAL CIVIL WORKS PROJECT, 408-LRC-2021-0009
3/22/2021
COMMENT PERIOD ENDS: April 12, 2021. Public notice for a proposed alteration to the Green Bay Harbor Navigation Project, Cat Island Dredged Material Management Facility...
PROPOSED ALTERATION TO A FEDERAL CIVIL WORKS PROJECT, 408-LRC-2021-0010
3/17/2021
COMMENT PERIOD ENDS: Mar 30, 2021. Public notice for a proposed alteration to the Chicago River navigation project...
PROPOSED ALTERATION TO A FEDERAL CIVIL WORKS PROJECT, 408-LRC-2020-0034
3/8/2021
COMMENT PERIOD ENDS: Mar 26, 2021. Public notice for a proposed alteration to the Little Calumet River Flood Risk Management project...
PROPOSED ALTERATION TO A FEDERAL CIVIL WORKS PROJECT, 408-LRC-2021-0006
2/19/2021
COMMENT PERIOD ENDS: Mar 22, 2021. Public notice for a proposed alteration to the Little Calumet River Flood Risk Management project...
PROPOSED ALTERATION TO A FEDERAL CIVIL WORKS PROJECT, 408-LRC-2017-0004
2/18/2021
COMMENT PERIOD ENDS: Mar 10, 2021. Public notice for a proposed alteration to the Little Calumet River Flood Risk Management project...
PROPOSED ALTERATION TO A FEDERAL CIVIL WORKS PROJECT, 408-LRC-2020-0036
2/17/2021
COMMENT PERIOD ENDS: Feb 24, 2021. Public notice for a proposed alteration to the North Libertyville Estates Section 205 Flood Control project...

Section 408

Through the Civil Works program, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) serves the public by providing the Nation with quality and responsive management of the Nation’s water resources. As a result, USACE, in partnership with stakeholders, has constructed many Civil Works projects across the Nation’s landscape. Given the widespread locations of these projects, many embedded within communities, over time there may be a need for others outside of USACE to alter or occupy these projects and their associated lands. Reasons for alterations could include improvements to the projects; relocation of part of the project; or installing utilities or other non-project features. In order to ensure that these projects continue to provide their intended benefits to the public, Congress mandated that any use or alteration of a Civil Works project by another party is subject to the approval of USACE. This requirement was established in Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, which has since been amended several times and is codified at 33 USC 408 (Section 408). Section 408 provides that USACE may grant permission for another party to alter a Civil Works project upon a determination that the alteration proposed will not be injurious to the public interest and will not impair the usefulness of the Civil Works project.

Review Information

USACE’s procedures for reviewing requests for Section 408 permission is contained in EC 1165-2-220

The corresponding internal guidance related to designating a lead district as referenced in EC 1165-2-220 

A fact sheet with additional information about Section 408 and the revised policy

The Regional Procedural Review Plan for Low-Impact Alteration Requests Pursuant to 33 USC 408

Section 408 Requests on a map