Northerly Island

Chicago District
Published Jan. 10, 2024

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Project Description and Background

The project area is a 91-acre peninsula found on the shores of Lake Michigan. The project restoration was primarily on the south side of the island and encompasses approximately 40 acres of land.

The project restored lacustrine, coastal wetland, and other coastal plant communities in support of Great Lakes fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and migratory bird species. Northerly Island’s unique location provides an ecological refuge to a variety of organisms in an otherwise urban environment.

Current Status

Project funded through Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

Post-construction monitoring activities were completed in December 2022.

Fiscal closeout scheduled for 2023.

Project Authorization

Sec 506, Water Resources Development Act of 2000, as amended; Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) Program.

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