Evanston city officials have stopped accepting dog beach pass applications because high water levels are eating away at the beach.

Parks Director Lawrence Hemingway says the current dog beach now  is completely under water.

He adds that there has been “so much sand erosion that there are wood pylons exposed on the dog beach that would be a  safety hazard to the animals and their owners.”

The city had started accepting dog beach applications late last month.

Hemingway says the lake has been extremely volatile over the past week with very strong waves. “Even on the calm days,” he says, “the dog beach is still underwater with corners of sand exposed at the very north and south ends, which doesn’t constitute an adequate option.

“We are going to continue to monitor the lake levels throughout the month of February and begin to work on a strategy on how to proceed for this upcoming season.”

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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