Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent safety zone from Brandon Road Lock at Lake Michigan
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165
[Docket No. USCG–2011–0228] RIN 1625–AA00
Safety Zone, Brandon Road Lock and Dam to Lake Michigan Including Des Plaines River, Chicago Sanitary and
Ship Canal, Chicago River, and Calumet-Saganashkee Channel, Chicago, IL
AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.
: Notice of proposed rulemaking.
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent safety zone from Brandon Road Lock and Dam to Lake Michigan. This proposed safety zone will cover 77 miles of navigable waterways in the Chicago area and is intended to restrict vessels from entering certain segments of the navigable waters of the Des Plaines River, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC), branches of the Chicago River, and the Calumet- Saganashkee Channel (Cal-Sag Channel). This proposed safety zone is necessary to protect the waters, waterway users and vessels from hazards associated with a myriad of actions designed to control the spread of aquatic nuisance species. Because the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) may take such actions at any time and in any segment of the waterways covered by this proposed safety zone, this proposed safety zone would provide the Captain of the Port, Sector Lake Michigan, the ability to take targeted and expeditious action to protect vessels and persons from the hazards associated with any Federal and State efforts to control aquatic nuisance species.