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GLIN==> Wolf Lake Habitat Restoration Completed (UNCLASSIFIED)



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Caveats: NONE

  Officials from the city of Hammond and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
today joined Rep. Peter Visclosky (IN-1) at a ribbon cutting event to mark
the completion of the Wolf Lake Restoration Project in Hammond, Ind.
  Wolf Lake is located near Lake Michigan on the northwest edge of Hammond,
Ind. and the far southeast edge of Chicago. The lake covers more than 450
acres in Indiana and has a maximum depth of 18 feet. The ecosystem
degradation problem in Wolf Lake included proliferation of exotic plant
species, low diversity of plant and fish species, lack of adequate water
depths, poor aquatic habitat, negative impacts from contaminants, and
shoreline erosion. 
  The purpose of the $7.3 million project is to correct erosion problems,
restore native plant species, improve fish habitat, and manage public access
through the project area. Restoration will improve water quality and enhance
habitat for aquatic and terrestrial resources. The project included enhancing
and creating approximately 90 acres of aquatic and wetland habitat, restoring
approximately 15,000 linear feet of shoreline, creating deep holes to locally
diversify the lake bottom, controlling undesirable plants, clearing channels,
and creating openings in dikes and causeways to improve water flow.
Additional information about the project can be found on the internet at
http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/projects/current/wolf_lake/main.htm.
  The purpose of ecosystem restoration is to re-establish the attributes of a
natural, functioning and self- regulating system. Since passage of the
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, environmental protection has been
an important component of the Corps' civil works planning process.
Legislation passed in 1990 established environmental protection as one of the
primary missions of federal water resources projects-- along with navigation
and flood control. For additional information about the Corps' environmental
program please visit http://www.usace.army.mil/missions/environment.html.
Classification:  UNCLASSIFIED 
Caveats: NONE

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