Lipinski's efforts to protect Worth preserve from Army Corps dumping pay off
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Dist. 3) said on Monday that the final step has been implemented to protect the 78-acre Lucas-Berg Preserve in Worth from being used as a dumping site by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for materials dredged from the Cal-Sag Channel.
Lipinski had inserted language into the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) last year, which stopped the Army Corps from dumping dredged materials from the channel onto the preserve. That action eventually led to Monday's announcement that the Lucas-Berg Preserve has officially been removed from the jurisdiction of the Army Corps and transferred to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
“This is a big victory for the community of Worth and the surrounding area,” Lipinski said. “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.”
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