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Lipinski: Army Corps Relinquishes Deed for Lucas-Berg Site in Worth; Community No Longer Faces Threat of Cal-Sag Dumping (October 26, 2015)

After many years of hard work, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has announced that the final step has been taken to protect the Lucas-Berg Preserve in the Village of Worth from becoming a dumping site for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Last year, Lipinski inserted language into the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) which stopped the Army Corps from dumping dredged materials from the Cal-Sag Channel into the 78-acre property.  That led to today’s announcement that the site has officially been transferred from the Army Corps to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.

“This is a big victory for the community of Worth and the surrounding area,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “For many years it has been a priority of mine to remove Lucas-Berg as the Army Corps’ designated site for dumping dredged materials from the Cal-Sag.  It was a difficult road to get this done, but it is important for me to do all I can to work with local residents and protect communities in the Third District.”

Moving forward, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will determine what happens with the property.