Illinois Beach State Park, Zion


Section 204 authority, Beneficial Use of Dredged Material (WRDA 1992).   


This project is located along Lake Michigan in Lake County, Ill. The current study is investigating beneficial uses of sandy dredged material from the Waukegan Harbor Approach Channel for coastal restoration along the shoreline and nearshore zone of Illinois Beach State Park. The park contains the only significant natural coastline remaining in Illinois, supports 14 natural communities, and provides habitat for hundreds of plant and animal species.  Sediment starved conditions within Lake Michigan have led to severe shoreline erosion, which continues to threaten coastal communities within the study area.


The sandy dredged material would be utilized to repair littoral function, reduce beach erosion, and stabilize coastal communities along the Lake Michigan coastline of Illinois Beach State Park. The project would benefit nearshore fish habitat, migratory and resident bird habitat, and plant habitat along the beach and dune areas.


The determination of federal interest (DFI) was approved in July 2011. Substantial work on the detailed project report (DPR) began in February 2013 and is ongoing. We are currently working to get a non-standard project partnership agreement approved. The project was sent to Headquarters USACE for approval. Based on their input, the project needs to be revised. Funding to resubmit has not been provided.