U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District

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Army Corps of Engineers. We have been proudly serving the Chicago area since 1833! The Chicago District is responsible for water resources development in the Chicago metropolitan area - a unique urban area of about 5,000 square miles with a population of over nine million. The Chicago District boundaries cover Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane and Will counties in Illinois and Lake, Porter and a portion of LaPorte counties in Indiana. The Chicago District partners with communities throughout the region to help manage flood risk through structural and non-structural solutions including levees, floodwalls, reservoirs, floodproofing and floodplain restoration. We are constructing the 10 billion gallon McCook Reservoir that will capture combined sewer overflows that cause flooding and watercourse contamination in Chicagoland. We also have the Little Calumet River Flood Control Project that provides a 200-year level of flood protection. The Chicago Shoreline Project provides storm damage protection to the Lake Michigan shoreline and, in particular, to Lake Shore Drive, a major transportation artery in the city. The Chicago District maintains seven harbors and operates the Chicago Harbor Lock - one of the busiest in the nation. We protect and restore streams, lakes and wetlands with the help of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and the Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration programs. These projects provide habitat for fish and wildlife, as well as extensive value to the public. The district is working with the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) to prevent Asian carp from establishing sustainable populations in our Great Lakes. Information about the ACRCC is available at http://asiancarp.us. Other aquatic nuisance species prevention efforts can be found through our district's website at http://1.usa.gov/1gz1qXA. These other efforts include operating electric barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to deter fish movement and conducting the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) to evaluate a variety of control technologies and options to prevent inter-basin transfer of ANS, to include placing physical barriers between the two watersheds. Our Regulatory Department ensures compliance with issued permits, restores sites affected by unauthorized work and deters any future un-permitted activities.

Mission: The Corps' mission is to provide vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen our Nation's security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters. The Chicago District's mission is to provide valued, world-class leadership, engineering services, and management capabilities to the diverse stakeholders and partners within the greater Chicagoland metropolitan area and the nation. Primary Mission Areas: Flood Risk Management and Storm Damage Reduction Navigation Environment (Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration) Regulatory Emergency Management and Interagency and International Services

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The #USACEChicago District is now hiring for an Electrical Engineer opportunity at the District’s electric dispersal bar...
11/12/2020

The #USACEChicago District is now hiring for an Electrical Engineer opportunity at the District’s electric dispersal barrier system. This job opportunity will present a unique set of challenges and broad opportunities for any interested electrical engineer. The barriers are designed to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes watersheds and is the largest electric barrier system of its kind in the world. Announcement closes Nov. 24.
Public: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/584106900
Current Federal Employees: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/584107000
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters

11/10/2020

The USACE Chicago District is seeking comments on a proposed water main crossing under the North Branch of the Chicago River at the site of the proposed Dominick Street Bridge in Chicago. This work is proposed by Fleet Portfolio, LLC and Alloy Property Company, LLC (the proposed infrastructure would ultimately be owned by the City of Chicago).

The proposed work requires USACE authorization under its Rivers and Harbors Act authorities. If you wish to comment, please notify us of your intent to comment (via email or regular mail) no later than Nov. 19, 2020 - and then all comments must be received no later than Dec. 4, 2020. Email: [email protected]; mailing address: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District, Attn: Colin Smalley - Regulatory Branch, 231 S. LaSalle St. (Suite 1500), Chicago, IL 60604-1437.

The Public Notice is available here:https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Portals/36/docs/regulatory/408/408-LRC-2020-018PN.pdf and more information on our Section 408 Program is available here: https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Section-408/

If you like short walks on sandy beaches, you’ll enjoy this restored beach in Portage, Indiana, at Indiana Dunes Nationa...
11/06/2020

If you like short walks on sandy beaches, you’ll enjoy this restored beach in Portage, Indiana, at Indiana Dunes National Park. The #USACEChicago District has completed sand placement, beneficially reusing sand dredged from nearby Burns Harbor. The sand will help to provide shoreline protection from high-lake levels, but it is anticipated the sand will be transient.
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November is National Native American Heritage Month! The Chicago District serves six Tribes within our District boundari...
11/02/2020

November is National Native American Heritage Month! The Chicago District serves six Tribes within our District boundaries: the Hannahville Indian Community, Forest County Potawatomi, Sokagon Chippewa Community, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Stockbridge Munsee Community of Wisconsin, and the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.
https://www.army.mil/americanindians/
(Photo: Master Sgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously in 2008 for gallantry during the Korean War.)

Yesterday, #USACEChicago leadership viewed the lakeshore and projects within the district boundaries by UH-60 Blackhawk ...
10/30/2020

Yesterday, #USACEChicago leadership viewed the lakeshore and projects within the district boundaries by UH-60 Blackhawk courtesy of the Illinois National Guard. The aerial tour allowed birds-eye observations of the Lake Michigan high-water effects on the shoreline. The team also overflew Lockport Lock, the Asian Carp electric dispersal barrier and other areas.

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The #USACEChicago District completed fiscal-year 2020 with a record-breaking $241M program! The breakdown of the numbers...
10/22/2020

The #USACEChicago District completed fiscal-year 2020 with a record-breaking $241M program! The breakdown of the numbers included $47M for navigation, $23M for aquatic ecosystem restoration, $14M for environmental infrastructure, and $137M in FEMA’s COVID-19 mission construction.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division

For the full story, go to https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Stories/Article/2395799/usace-chicago-district-completes-record-breaking-fiscal-year-with-241m-program/

Maj. Gen. Robert F. Whittle, Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Divi...
10/19/2020

Maj. Gen. Robert F. Whittle, Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, met with park rangers and staff of the #USACEChicago Upper Wabash Lakes during an employee-focused visit Oct. 16. He also took time to visit the Salamonie Lake Dam. This would be the general’s first visit to the Upper Wabash Lakes since realignment of the lakes under the Chicago District boundaries.
J Edward Roush Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District Salamonie Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District Mississinewa Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District

Sept. 23, 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced that it reached a settlement ...
09/29/2020

Sept. 23, 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced that it reached a settlement with a Chicago auto dealership to resolve claims that it discharged pollutants into the Chicago River and created a hazardous obstruction to navigation. Under the terms of a consent decree, JOSEPH J. PERILLO and PERILLO BMW INC. denied liability but agreed to pay a civil penalty of $80,000 to the U.S. government. In addition, Perillo and his company agreed to remove the collapsed wall from the river and construct a safe replacement. The wall is located on land they own at the left descending bank of the river, in the 1300 block of North Branch Street on Goose Island in Chicago.

The USACE Chicago District pursues enforcement actions when regulated actions are taken without a permit, as occurred in this case. For more details, go to: https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/2364873/us-attorneys-office-settles-lawsuit-with-chicago-auto-dealership-over-alleged-p/

09/28/2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has executed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Chicago Area Waterway System Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This decision completes the EIS process for this study, and became operative on Sept. 15, 2020, when it was signed by Maj. Gen. Robert Whittle, commander of the USACE Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.

Once funding is received and a design agreement is executed, we will move into the Preconstruction Engineering and Design phase.

The final DMMP and EIS, associated technical appendices, and signed ROD are available at:

https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works-Projects/Calumet-Harbor-and-River/

Sand dredged from Burns Harbor, Indiana, is hydraulically pumped via submerged tubing onto a sand starved beach in Porta...
09/25/2020

Sand dredged from Burns Harbor, Indiana, is hydraulically pumped via submerged tubing onto a sand starved beach in Portage, Indiana. First the sand is dredged from the approach channel. Then it is transported to another offshore barge equipped with the pumps necessary to transfer it to the beach, like a giant vacuum cleaner. The sand’s final home is on the beach helping to protect the shoreline from further effects of erosion.

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09/23/2020

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District's cover photo

09/22/2020
Chicago District Change of Command Sept. 18, 2020

#ICYMI Col. Paul Culberson assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District from Col. Aaron Reisinger Sept. 18, 2020 during a virtual ceremony held at the District Headquarters in downtown Chicago.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r4MI2x9nwc

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Col. Paul Culberson assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District from Col. Aaron Reisinger during a virtual Change-of-Command ceremon...

Col. Paul Culberson assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District from Col. Aaron Reisinger durin...
09/22/2020
Chicago District welcomes new commander, district engineer

Col. Paul Culberson assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District from Col. Aaron Reisinger during a virtual Change-of-Command ceremony at the district’s headquarters in downtown Chicago, Sept. 18, 2020.

https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/2356848/chicago-district-welcomes-new-commander-district-engineer/
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Col. Paul Culberson assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District from Col. Aaron Reisinger during a virtual Change-of-Command ceremony at the district’s headquarters in

Sept. 26 is National Public Lands Day! Salamonie Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District will be participat...
09/22/2020

Sept. 26 is National Public Lands Day! Salamonie Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District will be participating with our partners at Indiana Department of Natural Resources. We welcome volunteers to continue this annual tradition of public service! #USACEChicago

https://www.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/News-Release-Article-View/Article/2355240/army-corps-of-engineers-invites-volunteers-to-participate-in-national-public-la/

National Public Lands Volunteer Day!
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Colonel Paul Culberson assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District from Col. Aaron Reisinger du...
09/21/2020

Colonel Paul Culberson assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District from Col. Aaron Reisinger during a ceremony held at the District Headquarters in downtown Chicago Sept. 18.

Colonel Paul Culberson assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District from Col. Aaron Reisinger during a ceremony held at the District Headquarters in downtown Chicago Sept. 18.

09/21/2020
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#USACEChicago District member Anthony Vogel is deployed in support of #USACE Operation Blue Roof in the Gulf Coast region following the recent hurricanes. Operation Blue Roof helps homeowners with fiber-reinforced blue sheeting to cover damaged roofs until permanent repairs can be made. (Video by Michael Glasch)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Operation Blue Roof provides homeowners in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced blue sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs. Getting eyes on the damage is a vital step in the process of this free service paid for by FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District's Anthony Vogel and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District's Jenny McDermott walk us through the process. (Video by Michael Glasch)

09/18/2020

COMMENT PERIOD OPEN

The USACE Chicago District is providing an opportunity for public comments by Sept. 24, 2020 on two proposed alterations to the Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Recovery project at Ft. Sheridan in Lake County, Illinois.

Comments will become part of the administrative record and will be considered in the decision. A permission will be issued or denied under Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 408, “Section 408”). Section 408 is a program where third parties may request permission to alter USACE civil works projects. The Corps reviews the requests to ensure any alterations are in the public interest and will not impair the usefulness of the project.

Both notices can be found at: https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Section-408/

Written comments should be emailed to Colin Smalley, Section 408 coordinator, at [email protected] or mailed to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District
Attn: Colin Smalley (ORD-R)
231 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1437

09/18/2020

The #USACEChicago District will be LIVE today for the District’s 65th Change of Command Ceremony. Commander and District Engineer Colonel Aaron Reisinger will relinquish command to Colonel Paul Culberson. Join us at 10:00 CST.

Just a reminder! Join us tomorrow, Sept. 18 at 10:00 CST for the #USACEChicago District Virtual Change of Command here o...
09/17/2020

Just a reminder! Join us tomorrow, Sept. 18 at 10:00 CST for the #USACEChicago District Virtual Change of Command here on Facebook Live.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Mississinewa Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District J Edward Roush Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District Salamonie Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District

Save the Date! Join us Friday, Sept. 18 at 10:00 CST for the #USACEChicago District Virtual Change of Command here on Fa...
09/14/2020

Save the Date! Join us Friday, Sept. 18 at 10:00 CST for the #USACEChicago District Virtual Change of Command here on Facebook Live.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division J Edward Roush Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District Mississinewa Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District Salamonie Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District

09/03/2020
Fort Sheridan by drone

#USACEChicago’s Fort Sheridan ravine and coastal restoration project includes restoring 75 acres within four main ravines at the former military installation as well as nearshore reef placement for fish, mudpuppy salamanders and migratory water birds. Video courtesy of Mike Hari.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division

08/26/2020

A public comment period is open between Aug. 25, 2020, and Sept. 24, 2020, for a Department of the Army permit application received by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District for the South Shore Line to add an additional track to expand the existing 26.2-mile rail capacity from Gary to Michigan City.

Comments on the proposed work will be considered in the decision to issue or deny a permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act of 1972.

For the complete public notice and how to submit comments, go to http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Public-Notices/

Every day while walking to elementary school, Ryan Day said he remembers seeing a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) h...
08/17/2020

Every day while walking to elementary school, Ryan Day said he remembers seeing a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) habitat restoration project sign along the Little Calumet River in Indiana. It wasn’t until years later, while speaking to a Corps rep at his university’s career fair, that he found out exactly what USACE does. And now, this civil engineering student is one of several summer hires getting firsthand work experience at the Chicago District.

For the full story, go to https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Stories/Article/2315144/usace-chicago-district-summer-hires-a-win-win-for-students-organization/

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The Chicago District is responsible for water resources development in the Chicago metropolitan area - a unique urban area of about 5,000 square miles with a population of over nine million. The Chicago District boundaries cover Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane and Will counties in Illinois and Lake, Porter and a portion of LaPorte counties in Indiana. The Chicago District partners with communities throughout the region to help manage flood risk through structural and non-structural solutions including levees, floodwalls, reservoirs, floodproofing and floodplain restoration. We are constructing the 10 billion gallon McCook Reservoir that will capture combined sewer overflows that cause flooding and watercourse contamination in Chicagoland. We also have the Little Calumet River Flood Control Project that provides a 200-year level of flood protection. The Chicago Shoreline Project provides storm damage protection to the Lake Michigan shoreline and, in particular, to Lake Shore Drive, a major transportation artery in the city. The Chicago District maintains seven harbors and operates the Chicago Harbor Lock - one of the busiest in the nation. We protect and restore streams, lakes and wetlands with the help of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and the Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration programs. These projects provide habitat for fish and wildlife, as well as extensive value to the public. The district is working with the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) to prevent the carp from establishing sustainable populations in our Great Lakes. Information about the ACRCC is available at http://asiancarp.us. Other aquatic nuisance species prevention efforts can be found through our district's website at www.lrc.usace.army.mil. These other efforts include operating electric barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to deter fish movement and conducting the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) to evaluate a variety of control technologies and options to prevent inter-basin transfer of ANS, to include placing physical barriers between the two watersheds. Our Regulatory Branch ensures compliance with issued permits, restores sites affected by unauthorized work and deters any future unpermitted activities. For more regulatory information, please visit www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory.

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