Posted on June 11, 2015
The US Army Corps of Engineers has released for public comment the ‘Chicago Area Waterways Dredged Material Management Plan and Integrated Environmental Assessment.‘
The plan contains recommendations for managing material dredged from the Calumet Harbour and River and the Calumet-Sag Channel for the next twenty-five years.
Calumet Harbour and River is located on
Currently, dredged sediment is placed in the Chicago Area Confined Disposal Facility (CDF), located at the mouth of the Calumet River. The CDF, which was built in 1984, is nearly at capacity, creating the need for a management plan for the material generated through ongoing maintenance dredging.
The proposed plan would include construction of a dredged material disposal facility on a currently vacant portion of the former Republic Steel Manufacturing Complex, located along the Calumet River at 122nd Street and Carondolet Avenue in Chicago, and closure of the existing Chicago Area CDF. Details about the project and a copy of the report can be found at www.lrc.usace.army.mil .
The Chicago Area Waterway System is an important link in the US national and regional water transportation network, connecting the Great Lakes deep-draft navigation system with the Illinois Waterway and Mississippi River inland navigation system.
Comments must be received by July 15, 2015 and may be submitted by mail to:
A public meeting to provide additional information about the report will be held on Monday, June 22, 2015 from 6.00pm to 7.30pm at 10500 S. Ewing Avenue, Chicago, Ill.