This project is designed to dredge and dispose of contaminated sediment from the Indiana Harbor and Canal safely and economically.
Learn about the project and its history
CDF construction and history
How dredging works, schedule, traffic, and bridge operations
Learn about ambient and real-time air monitoring at the CDF
Learn about project measures to ensure water quality
View and download the monitoring data
The Indiana Harbor and Canal (IHC) is located on Lake Michigan adjacent to the city of East Chicago, Indiana. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) constructed the Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) to store the contaminated sediment, and dredging began in 2012. Dredging begins each spring and continues through fall. Dredging will restore the efficiency of deep draft commercial navigation and prevent further pollution of Lake Michigan. In addition to providing storage for the dredged sediment, the CDF isolates and contains the existing on-site soil and groundwater contamination in compliance with regulatory requirements.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approximately 37,000 dedicated civilians and soldiers delivering engineering services to customers in more than 130 countries worldwide. With environmental sustainability as a guiding principle, the Corps works diligently to strengthen the Nation’s security. We are energizing the economy by dredging America’s waterways to support the movement of critical commodities and providing recreation opportunities at our campgrounds, lakes, and marinas. The Corps is also cleaning sites contaminated with hazardous, toxic, or radioactive waste and material in an effort to sustain the environment. Learn more »