Key Players

Project Stakeholders

US Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District is responsible for water resources development in the Chicago metropolitan area, a unique urban area of about 5,000 square miles with a population of about 8 million. The Chicago District is involved in a variety of projects stemming from its primary mission areas of flood control, shoreline protection, navigation, environmental protection, emergency management, and support for others. From storm and flood damage reduction to maintaining safe navigation, the Chicago District is committed to providing quality, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable planning, engineering, and construction products and services.

The USACE, Chicago District is the federal authority responsible for operating and maintaining the Indiana Harbor and Canal Dredging and Disposal Project. For project history information, go to CivilWorksProjects/IndianaHarbor.

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East Chicago Waterway Management District

The East Chicago Waterway Management District (ECWMD) was created to manage and supervise, in conjunction with other agencies, the industrial, commercial, and recreational development of the waterways in the city in which the district is formed, and to improve the commercial and recreational use of those waterways in an environmentally sound manner.

The ECWMD is also the local sponsor for the USACE Indiana Harbor and Canal dredging project, and as such, contributes funding and provides input for the project.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Born in the wake of elevated concern about environmental pollution, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) was established on December 2, 1970 to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting, and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. Since its inception, USEPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

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Indiana Department of Environmental Management

The mission of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is to implement federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment while allowing the environmentally sound operations of industrial, agricultural, commercial, and government activities vital to a prosperous economy. Environmental protection in Indiana has come a long way since 1986, when IDEM was established. Since then, IDEM has grown to a staff of 900, and employs some of Indiana's most qualified engineers, scientists, and environmental project managers specializing in air, land, pollution prevention, and water quality issues.

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City of East Chicago

The City of East Chicago is vital to Northwest Indiana because of its access to Lake Michigan and its close proximity to downtown Chicago. Great opportunities are offered in East Chicago for its residents. The City of East Chicago has many new initiatives that compliment East Chicago's strengths. Through economic revitalization, infrastructure improvements, art initiatives, and partnering business, East Chicago has developed a new era of opportunity.

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Additional Links

U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. Its vision is to be recognized as a dynamic organization that is able to efficiently provide the integrated program delivery needed to lead a rapidly evolving food and agriculture system.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for its scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.

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Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state, and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership, and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

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Dredging Contractor / Facility Operations

Kokosing Construction Company

The Kokosing Group (Kokosing) is a diversified family owned business that employs over 3,000 people and has facilities and affiliated companies across Ohio and the Midwest. Kokosing has 60 years experience as a self-performing general contractor constructing industrial facilities, manufacturing & process plants, roads, bridges, marine work, water & wastewater treatment plants, airports, buildings, parking garages, and underground utility systems.

Kokosing Construction Company is providing dredging and sediment services along with construction services in support of the water treatment system for the project.

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O'Brien & Gere

O'Brien & Gere is an employee-owned engineering and project delivery company with over 900 scientists, engineers, construction, and operations personnel located in offices across the U.S. The Company is a leader in providing energy, environmental, facilities, and water solutions. O'Brien & Gere's integrated 360° life-cycle delivery model reduces project cycle time and creates value for its public and private sector clients.

O'Brien & Gere is providing air monitoring and compliance, water treatment system design, construction management, website design, and operations & maintenance services for the project.

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