This is the official fan page of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District. We have proudly served the Chicago area since 1833. Feel free to look around our page as we have a big story to tell!
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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