Illinois North Shore Towns Seek Sand Solution Together

For some towns, beaches are eroding at impossible rates, while for others the issue is too much sand. Previously, cities managed their own sand issues by either trucking in more to refill beaches or spending thousands to dredge year after year. Now, they’re working together to develop collaborative, sustainable sand management solutions.

The 32-mile stretch of lakefront along the North Shore of Illinois is home to dozens of beaches and several marinas and harbors, including the only marina between Chicago and Milwaukee large enough for cargo ships to take harbor during storms. Working together to address sand management challenges will save cities money, protect harbors and beaches, promote tourism to the region, and result in better dredging practices.

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Partners: NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Program, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Prairie Research Institute