GURNEE, Ill. – State Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, announced that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recently allocated funds to address shoreline erosion at Illinois Beach State Park.
“The Illinois Beach State Park plays a major role in our community’s unique connection with the environment,” Mason said. “In recent years, we have seen the shoreline recede, rising water levels curtail beach access and habitats become unusable for native species. Essential financial support like this will help us to sustain the last remaining natural shoreline in Illinois.”
Mason said the $74 million will be aimed at reducing the impact of natural erosion on the coastline while also protecting nearby ecosystems. This major undertaking includes creating underwater reefs and islands to minimize the damage of the waves and currents, which will also provide new homes to species that live on the shoreline.
There will also be the addition of ‘Rubble Ridges’ offshore, which will help to provide the shoreline and beaches with protection from the impacts of storm waves. These ridges are a part of a program that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) will be monitoring so that they are able to see the effect that the ridges will have on the lakebed, habitats and other landscapes.
“I am grateful for the hard work and dedication that the IDNR has put into creating new solutions for the challenges that the Illinois Beach State Park is facing,” said Mason. “Natural, effective and scientific solutions to the damaging effects of climate change will help to restore this natural coastline, and help to keep Illinois Beach State Park open and available for years to come.”
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