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Corps seeks comments on dredging plan

The Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on a project to use sand dredged from Waukegan Harbor to build up beaches in Evanston.

The three Evanston beaches proposed to be built up with sand from Waukegan Harbor. (Google Maps image)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on a project that would see sand dredged from Waukegan Harbor used to build up beaches in Evanston and three other North Shore communities.

The feasibility report, “Public Beach Protection in Four Illinois Coastal Communities Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Pilot Project,” is open for public comment through the end of this month.

The project was discussed at a public meeting in Evanston last year. If the plans move forward, the sand would be added to the beaches next year.

The Corps says the project would provide ecosystem restoration, shoreline protection and recreation benefits.

Additional information about the project is available online.

Comments may be submitted by email to [email protected]

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