I read the Dec. 14 article on the upcoming “last phase” of the Little Calumet River flood control project.
As the levees and other infrastructure for the project was built, much of it was built in the original wetlands adjacent to the river. The benefits lost with those wetlands have to be replaced or “mitigated.”
The commission received permits for their construction work in the floodplain, and according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the mitigation is supposed to completed prior to, or concurrent with, the impacts.
Some of these permits and impacts go back to the early 1990s.
The “last phase” of the project has to include the mitigation. The Little Cal commission has to abide by the same rules as everyone else does.
If you fill in a wetland, you have to mitigate the damage.
- Jim Sweeney, Schererville