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Suburban Flooding: Finding regional solutions to a growing problem. Imad Samara Project Manager and Silver Jackets Coordinator Chicago District July 23, 2014. USACE’s Value to the Nation. USACE provides value for the Nation in many ways to diverse stakeholders.

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Suburban Flooding: Finding regional solutions to a growing problem

Imad Samara

Project Manager and

Silver Jackets Coordinator

Chicago District

July 23, 2014

usace s value to the nation
USACE’s Value to the Nation

USACE provides value for the Nation in many ways to diverse stakeholders.

  • We deliver positive impacts for today and tomorrow - in construction, natural resource management, energy and sustainability, capacity building, and more.
  • We have the right people: world-class professionals, civilians, and soldiers alike.
  • We are U.S. Army ambassadorson a daily basis to political leaders, America’s small businesses, and to citizens wherever we serve them.
  • We are the Nation’s Engineers.
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USACE-Chicago District

Mission: USACE-Chicago District provides valued, world class leadership, engineering services, and management capabilities for diverse stakeholders and partners within the greater Chicagoland metropolitan area and to the Nation.

Lake

McHenry

  • LRC Mission Areas:
    • Navigation
    • Flood Risk Management
    • Ecosystem Restoration
    • Shoreline Protection
    • Emergency Management
    • Overseas Contingency Ops
    • Regulatory Support
    • IIS Program

Kane

Cook

DuPage

LaPorte

Great Lakes and

Ohio River Division

Will

Porter

Lake

9 Counties (IL – 6; IN – 2+); 5,000 Sq. Mi.; 9.1 Million people

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Chicago - Flood Risk Management

  • FRM-since 1945
  • $742M in flood damages prevented since 1996
  • $98M in 2010
  • $130M in 2011
  • $48M in 2012
  • $162M in 2013*

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mccook reservoir illinois
McCook Reservoir, Illinois

Underground Storage

Main Tunnel Construction

Stage 1 On Line 2017

  • FY 13 Construction:
  • Soil Stabilization Task order
  • Continue Main Tunnel contract
  • Stage 1 Rock Wall Stabilization
  • FY 14 Construction:
  • Stage 2 Soil Stabilization contract
  • Distribution Tunnels Follow-on
  • Continue Main Tunnel contract
  • 30,000 acre-ft Reservoir (10 billion gal)
  • Aquifer Protection complete
  • Pumps & motors complete
  • Gates and valves, Aeration system
  • Scheduled Completion: Stage 1 (2017),
  • Stage 2 (2027)
des plaines river phase i
Des Plaines River, Phase I
  • 6 Flood Damage Reduction Projects
  • 2 Floodwall/Levees
    • Levee 50
    • (Built by IDNR)
    • Levee 37
    • (Under Construction)
  • 2 Reservoir Expansions
    • Buffalo Creek Reservoir
    • Big Bend Lake
  • 1 Dam modification
    • North Fork Mill Creek
  • 1 Lateral Storage Area
    • Van Patten Woods
des plaines river phase ii
Des Plaines River, Phase II
  • Phase II expands feasibility study to include the entire Upper Des Plaines watershed including 15 tributaries in Illinois and Wisconsin
  • Flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, water quality, and recreation benefits
  • Over 43 municipalities in the watershed suffer damage from the Des Plaines River and tributaries flooding
  • Recent flood events include: May 2004, August 2007, September 2008, December 2008, April 2013
  • Public Release of Draft Feasibility Report was conducted in September 2013
  • Draft Report is currently in State and Agency review
civil works studies and projects
Civil Works Studies and Projects
  • Appropriation: Approval to obligate and expend funds for Congressionally authorized activity or program.
    • USACE Civil Works projects are funded through an annual Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act.

President’s Budget

(February)

House Report

(April/May)

Senate Report

(June/July)

Conference Report

(October)

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USACE-Chicago District

If your community, regional or state government agency is seeking a partner to address a water resource problem within

any of our mission areas listed in the Civil Works Policy Guidebook, please direct your request in writing to:

Susanne J. Davis

Chief Planning Branch

Office: (312) 846-5580

susanne.j.davis@usace.army.mil

231 South LaSalle Street

Suite 1500

Chicago, Illinois 60604

The Guidebook is posted at

http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/RequestAssistance.aspx

interagency nonstructural flood risk management project helping communities get rain ready
Interagency Nonstructural Flood RiskManagement ProjectHelping Communities Get Rain Ready