Chicago Area Waterway System Evaluation

September 2015

For the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Cambridge Systematics conducted an evaluation of the Chicago Area Waterway System’s (CAWS) physical infrastructure, assessed its use for goods movement, and provided background on historical investments in inland waterways. The findings of this evaluation give insight into the challenges that surround the waterway and provoke opportunities to re-imagine the way the CAWS may function as an economic, environmental, and cultural asset for the region in the future.