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Corps of Engineers Completes Fort Sheridan Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration Project

white reef structure is visible beneath surface of clear water
Underwater living reef structure built near the shore along the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve as part of the GLFER project. Credit: USACE.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District (USACE) has completed construction for the final phase of the Fort Sheridan Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) project, located at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve in unincorporated Lake County, Illinois. The majority of the $9.1 million federal share was funded with Great Lakes Restoration and Initiative (GLRI) funds received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. USACE is one of 16 federal agencies that uses GLRI funds to plan, design, and construct long-lasting restoration projects in cooperation with nonfederal partners.

Phase 2 of the GLFER project included the placement of underwater living reef structures near shore along the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve land, north and south of Cliff Road. Construction was initiated on July 30, 2020, and completed on Sept. 3, 2020. The Phase 1 portion included restoring 75 acres within four main ravines (McCormick, Hutchinson, Schenk, and Scott), 40 acres of bluff and 12 acres of dune along the coastline, and about 60 acres of riparian woodland.

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