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Dredging project on Aroma Park still in review process

A large accumulation of sand in a segment of the Kankakee River renders the boat ramp almost useless at Potawatomi Park in Aroma Park

Posted on January 24, 2024

KANKAKEE — The dredging on the Aroma Park boat launch remains on schedule as the necessary permits are going through a review process by two regulatory agencies.

At Thursday’s Kankakee County Board’s Highways and Waterways committee meeting, Charlie Dewes, project engineer for Burke Engineering of Indianapolis, Ind., said both the Illinois EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Chicago have accepted the county’s application for the dredging.

“We are feeling encouraged at this point in time because the Chicago district has already indicated to us that our project qualifies as a nationwide permit for dredging which is usually a faster process for getting your permit approved,” Dewes said.


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