Public Input Sought for Area Harbor Dredging

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March 3 — East Chicago officials want the public to speak out before they move to clean up area waters.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Indiana Harbor and Canal (IHC) dredging contractors, Kokosing Construction Co. and O’Brien & Gere, will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 13 to present the IHC 2014 dredging schedule and activities.

The project is designed to “dispose of Indiana Harbor sediment” in a way that is safe to human health, betters the environment and is financially beneficial, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s website.

Dredging began in 2012 at the IHC confined disposal facility (CDF) for the first time since 1972, with the contractor dredging approximately 400,000 cubic yards of material.

Dredging will resume in the spring of 2014.

Portions of the federal channel will be dredged to achieve the congressionally-authorized navigation depths, and sediments in adjacent berthing and docking areas will be removed at the request of local industry and local sponsor, the East Chicago Waterway Management District.

After backlog dredging is complete, maintenance dredging will take place, as necessary, over a period of approximately 20 years, to remove re-accumulated sediments and maintain navigable depths in the waterway.

Air monitoring results at the CDF are available in real time, and additional project information is available at the dredging air monitoring data website http://www.indianaharbordredge.com and the Indiana Harbor project website http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorksProjects/IndianaHarbor.aspx.

WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 2014
WHERE: East Chicago City Hall
4525 Indianapolis Blvd. (2nd floor)
East Chicago, Ind. 46312
TIME: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Central)

Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


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