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1 US Army Corps of Engineers BUILDING STRONG ® Suburban Flooding: Finding regional solutions to a growing problem Imad Samara Project Manager and Silver Jackets Coordinator Chicago District July 23, 2014

2 BUILDING STRONG ® USACE’s Value to the Nation USACE provides value for the Nation in many ways to diverse stakeholders. 1 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 ambassadors on a daily basis to political leaders, America’s small businesses, and to citizens wherever we serve them. We are the Nation’s Engineers.

3 BUILDING STRONG ® USACE Mission Areas 2

4 BUILDING STRONG ® USACE Global Engagement 3

5 BUILDING STRONG ® Civil Works Value to the Nation 4

6 BUILDING STRONG ® 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. USACE-Chicago District 9 Counties (IL – 6; IN – 2+); 5,000 Sq. Mi.; 9.1 Million people Great Lakes and Ohio River Division McHenry Lake Kane Cook DuPage Will Lake Porte r LaPorte  LRC Mission Areas:  Navigation  Flood Risk Management  Ecosystem Restoration  Shoreline Protection  Emergency Management  Overseas Contingency Ops  Regulatory Support  IIS Program 7

7 BUILDING STRONG ® 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* 9

8 BUILDING STRONG ® Main Tunnel Construction Stage 1 On Line 2017 Underground Storage  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) McCook Reservoir, Illinois 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 10

9 BUILDING STRONG ®  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 I 11

10 BUILDING STRONG ® Des Plaines River, Phase II 12  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

11 BUILDING STRONG ® 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) 5

12 BUILDING STRONG ® Phases of Civil Works Project Development O&M Construction Preconstruction, Engineering, and Design Feasibility Planning Reconnaissance Planning 6

13 BUILDING STRONG ® USACE-Chicago District 8 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) South LaSalle Street Suite 1500 Chicago, Illinois The Guidebook is posted at

14 BUILDING STRONG ® Interagency Nonstructural Flood Risk Management Project Helping Communities Get Rain Ready 13


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