Highland Park Study About to Begin

The City of Highland Park has been working with both Lake and Cook Counties, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the US Army Corps of Engineers on a long-term flood mitigation solution following several floods that devastated parts of Highland Park and dozens of communities throughout the region.

According to the city, a comprehensive regional study is necessary to identify opportunities to mitigate flooding occurring in the community. A preliminary study is anticipated to begin at the end of March, 2018 subject to approval by the participating agencies.

The Skokie and Middle Fork Rivers are under the jurisdiction of USACE, the Federal agency responsible for waterway-related capital projects, and flows through Lake and Cook Counties. Part of the preliminary study to be undertaken by the Corps is to determine if a feasibility study is required that will entail a flood protection solution for all communities along the river.

If a final feasibility study is undertaken, the potential solutions could result in a combination of storage basins, retaining walls, pump stations, buy-outs, and other measures. USACE estimates it will take nine months to complete the preliminary study. The construction phase takes anywhere from 7-10 years after initiation of a study.

We know that action to mitigate flooding in our communities is overdue,” said Mayor Nancy R. Rotering. “The City of Highland Park has taken the lead and has been advocating for local solutions at all levels of government. While we are frustrated by the process, we are hopeful that a coordinated solution is possible.”

Since last summer, the group has reviewed several current programs and options including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Mitigation Assistance Program, localized storage reservoir solution efforts in cooperation with Lake County and the North Branch Chicago River Watershed group, and dredging the Skokie River.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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