Venue change: Joint public levee meeting rescheduled for Lansing, Calumet City

257

Meeting now scheduled for Monday, August 30, 6:00pm, at Fox Pointe

information provided by the Army Corps of Engineers

The in-person and virtual public levee meeting scheduled for the Village of Lansing, Illinois, on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, is now canceled. Instead, the meeting will be held outdoors on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, at Fox Pointe, 18138 Henry Street, Lansing, IL 60438, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The levee meeting venue is now Fox Pointe, and the levee meeting date is now August 30. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The joint meeting will be open to both City of Calumet City and Village of Lansing residents. Also, the public comment period is being extended from Sept. 6, 2021, to Sept 20, 2021, to accommodate the rescheduled public meeting.

In the event of inclement weather, the levee meeting will be rescheduled for August 31 at the same time and location. Any decision about rescheduling the meeting will be made by noon on August 30, and a notification will be placed on the websites for the Corps of Engineers (www.lrc.usace.army.mil), City of Calumet City (https://calumetcity.org/) and Village of Lansing (https://villageoflansing.org/).

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chicago District has released for public comment the draft National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document on the potential impacts associated with improvements to the Lansing levee and Calumet City levee in Cook County, Illinois. The proposed project would address flood risks in Lansing and Calumet City. The proposed project includes the following measures:

  • Restore the levee system within the existing alignment to the original design elevation of 597.72 ft-NAVD88 and have a 10-foot-wide crest with side slopes of 2.5:1.
  • Rehabilitate the approximately 5,600 feet of earthen levee and 400 feet of sheetpile wall for Lansing, and approximately 8,500 feet of earthen levee and 900 feet of sheetpile wall for Calumet City.
  • Place approximately 500 cubic yards of clean clay fill on the western Calumet City levee segment, below the ordinary high water mark.
  • Embed the sheetpile floodwalls 14 feet deep to meet USACE design standards.
  • Repair existing sluice gates, flap gates, and culverts as necessary.

As part of the NEPA public review process, the USACE Chicago District would appreciate any comments or concerns residents have about potential impacts to the environment from this proposed project. This could include any impacts to neighborhoods and communities, and to various habitats, threatened and endangered species, or cultural and social resources.

The report is available online on the Chicago District’s website: https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works-Projects/Lansing-Calumet-City/

Public comments must be received by Sept. 20, 2021. Comments can be submitted:

  • Via email to [email protected]
  • Via postal mail to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, ATTN: Jason Zylka (Lansing/Calumet City), 231 S. LaSalle St. (Suite 1500), Chicago, IL, 60604.

Questions can also be directed to Zylka at (312) 846-5311.