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Corps of Engineers receives nearly $94 million from infrastructure bill for Chicago, Great Lakes

Chicago District
Published Jan. 20, 2022
Updated: Jan. 20, 2022

Corps of Engineers receives nearly $94 million from infrastructure bill for Chicago, Great Lakes

CHICAGO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District is receiving nearly $94 million in fiscal year 2022 through Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, known as IIJA.

IIJA will fund $57.4 million for construction projects including T.J. O’Brien Lock & Dam, Cook County, Illinois and five Continuing Authorities Program, known as CAP, projects across Illinois and Wisconsin. An additional $34.9 million will fund operations and maintenance projects at Algoma Harbor, Big Suamico River, Michigan City Harbor, the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal Dispersal Barrier, and the Menesaha Dam on the Fox River in Wisconsin, as well as funding $1.5 million to complete the Chicago Shoreline General Reevaluation Report.

“The District was thrilled to see some of our priority projects being funded through the IIJA,” said Chicago District’s Deputy District Engineer Steve Fischer. “We look forward to working with our partners and contractors to complete these as quick as possible.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District is responsible for water resources development in the Chicago metropolitan area, upper Illinois River watershed, Lake Michigan watershed in Wisconsin, and the upper Wabash River watershed in Indiana – an area of about 31,500 square miles. The district delivers vital engineering services through flood and coastal storm risk management, navigation, aquatic ecosystem restoration, regulatory, emergency management, recreation, and interagency support services.

Overall, the Corps of Engineers received $17.1 billion across the nation for its Civil Works programs, projects and activities that will help the nation address current and future water resources infrastructure needs. The act’s appropriations also enable the Corps of Engineers to regulate development in waters of the United States.

The IIJA spend plan table can be found on the Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Budget web page at https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Budget/.

The IIJA was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and President Joe Biden signed it into law in November. The Corps of Engineers submitted a detailed spend plan to Congress as required by January 14, 2022, 60 days after enactment of the legislation. The projects receiving funding were announced January 19, 2022.

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