Rush to Convene Community Stakeholder Meeting with Federal, Local Agencies to Address Chicago Lakefront Erosion

Nov 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that he will convene a Community Stakeholders Meeting, on Dec. 2, 2019, to address constituents’ concerns regarding the significant erosion of Chicago’s lakefront.

Commissioner Thomas Carney for the Chicago Department of Transportation; Director of Planning and Development Heather Gleason for the Chicago Park District; and Colonel Aaron Reisinger, Commander for Army Corps of Engineers’ Chicago District will also be in attendance to report on the activity underway to stem lakefront erosion, as well as the recommended long-term solutions.

“The Chicago lakefront is an ever-present source of recreation and beauty for the people of our district and is arguably the crown jewel of Chicago. Not to mention, it is a critically important environmental asset. However, near-record high water levels and recent storms are causing large-scale erosion, presenting a threat to the lakefront’s delicate ecosystem as well as to the surrounding communities. Unfortunately, these conditions are expected to worsen as we head into the winter months.  

“That is why I will be convening a Community Stakeholders Meeting to address my constituents’ concerns and to meet with federal and local representatives who will report on the existing conditions of the South Side shoreline, their current mitigative efforts, and recommended solutions for the future. I hope that you all will be able to join us for this essential meeting on preserving a valuable resource to our community,” said Rep. Rush.  

The Community Stakeholders Meeting will take place next Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, 700 E Oakwood Blvd, Chicago, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.