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Public Notice for LRC-2022-113

Published May 20, 2022
Expiration date: 6/30/2022




U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Chicago District



Public Notice/Application Number: LRC-2022-00113


Comment Period BEGINS:  May 30, 2022

Comment Period Expires: June 30, 2022



U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency


Park District of Highland Park

636 Ridge Rd

Highland Park, IL 60035


City of Highland Park

1707 St. Johns Avenue

Highland Park, IL 60035


Proposed Action

The proposed work will consist of the placement of clean, imported sand along the beach area and sand ramp at the Park Avenue Boat Launch Facility in Highland Park, Lake County, Illinois.  A detailed description of this proposal is provided on page 2 of this notice.


Location of Proposed Action 

10 Park Avenue in Highland Park, Lake County, Illinois, (Latitude 42.19028, Longitude -87.78736).


Interested parties are hereby notified that an application has been received for a Department of the Army permit for the activity described herein and as shown on the attached drawings. You are invited to provide your comments by June 30, 2022 on the proposed work, which will become part of the record and will be considered in the decision.  A permit will be issued or denied under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403) and Section 404 Action of the Clean Water Act of 1972(33 U.S.C. 1344).


Written comments shall be mailed to:


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Chicago District, Regulatory Branch

Attn: LRC-2022-00113, Mr. Aaron Spencer

231 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500

Chicago, Illinois 60604-1437


It should be noted that ALL comments received by this office (via hard copy or electronic) will only be accepted with the full name and address, and email address, if available of the individual commenting, and must be received by the close of the public notice period.  Electronic comments may be sent to the project manager at


Project Description

The applicant is proposing to discharge fill material consisting of clean, imported sand along the beach area and an adjacent sand boat ramp into 0.29 acres of Waters of the U.S. (WOUS).  The project consists of placement of up to 1,055 cubic yards of clean, imported sand annually for a 10-year period. The proposed impacts are contained within the Park Avenue Boat Launch Facility.


The purpose of the project is to replenish the beach area and sand ramp to allow the public to safely access the water and alleviate future erosion of the beach and adjacent structures.  The sand ramp area is used by personal watercraft users to deploy their vessels.



Park Avenue Boat Launch - Beach Nourishment Permit Quantities









Cubic Yards


Surface Area




Annual Sand Ramp Beach Nourishment






Material will be clean sand, 90% retained on #200 sieve

Annual Beach Nourishment






Material will be clean sand, 90% retained on #200 sieve






Total Beach Nourishment for 10-year period





Avoidance & Minimization

The applicant has stated the following concerning avoidance and minimization of impacts to Waters of the United States:  The proposed work will minimize impacts to Waters of the US to the maximum extent practicable. The work is anticipated to be conducted from the landside and will be conducted in a manner than limits the potential for environmental impacts, therefore, compensatory mitigation is not planned.



The applicant has stated the following concerning compensatory mitigation for unavoidable impacts to Waters of the United States:  Due to the nature of the project and the minimal environmental impacts, compensatory mitigation is not planned.


The Corps has not verified the adequacy of this mitigation proposal at this time and will make the final determination on whether the proposed mitigation is appropriate and practicable in accordance with 33 CFR Part 332.


Regulatory Authority
This proposed action will be reviewed according to the provisions of Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act of 1972.



This application will be reviewed according to the provisions of Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act of 1972 due to placement of fill within Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan is a traditional navigable water and is therefore under the jurisdiction of this office.


Evaluation Factors

The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of probable impact including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity on the public interest.  That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources.  The benefit which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. 


All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered including the cumulative effects thereof;  among those are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historic properties, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, considerations of property ownership and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people.  In addition, if the proposed activity involves the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States, the evaluation of the impact on the public interest will include application of Section 404(b)(1) guidelines (40 CFR 230) promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


The Corps of Engineers is also soliciting comments from the public, Federal, state and local agencies, Indian tribes, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed activity.  Once this office completes a review of the comments received, it will be determined whether to issue, modify, condition, or deny a permit for this proposal.


To prepare this decision, comments are taken into consideration to assess impacts on the public interest factors listed above, as well as endangered species, historic properties, water quality, and general environmental effects.  Comments will be used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.  A determination concerning the need for a public hearing will also be based on the comments received.




Preliminary Evaluation of Selected Factors


Water Quality:

The applicant has applied to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) for water quality certification, or waiver thereof, for the proposed activity in accordance with Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.  Certification or waiver indicates that the IEPA believes the activity will not violate applicable water quality standards.  The review by the IEPA is conducted in accordance with the Illinois water quality standards under 35 Illinois Administrative Code Subtitle C by providing an antidegradation assessment, which includes an evaluation of alternatives to any proposed increase in pollutant loading that may result from this activity.


The "Fact Sheet" containing the antidegradation assessment for this proposed project may be found on the IEPA's web site, at  In the event that the IEPA is unable to publish the "Fact Sheet" corresponding to the timeframe of this Joint Public Notice, a separate public notice and "Fact Sheet" will be published by the IEPA at the web site identified above.  You may also obtain a copy of the "Fact Sheet" by contacting the IEPA at the address or telephone number shown below.


Written comments concerning possible impacts to water quality should be addressed to the following agency, along with a copy of the comments provided to the Corps of Engineers:


Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Bureau of Water

Watershed Management Section

1021 N. Grand Avenue East

P.O. Box 19276

Springfield, Illinois 62794-9276


If you have any questions please contact the IEPA at (217) 782-3362.


Department of Natural Resources:

The applicant has applied to the Illinois Department of Natural, Office of Water Resources (IDNR-OWR) for a permit pursuant to the State of Illinois Rivers, Lake and Streams Act (615 ILCS 5).  Comments concerning the IDNR-OWR permit should be addressed to the following agency, along with a copy of the comments provided to the Corps of Engineers:


Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Office of Water Resources

Michael A. Bilandic Building

160 N. LaSalle Street, Suite S-700

Chicago, IL 60601


If you have any questions please contact the IDNR at (312) 793-5947.



Endangered and Threatened Species:

The Corps of Engineers has determined that the proposed activity would not affect any federally-listed endangered or threatened species or critical habitat for any endangered or threatened species, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).  Therefore, consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act does not appear to be warranted at this time.


Historic Properties/Cultural Resources:

Preliminary review indicates that the proposed activity is not likely to adversely affect any historic property which is listed, or eligible for listing, on the National Register of Historic Places.


Environmental Impact Statement  

A preliminary determination has been made that an environmental impact statement is not required for the proposed work.


Public Hearing

Any person may request in writing, within the comment period specified in this notice, that a public hearing be held to consider this application.  Requests for public hearing shall state with particularity the reasons for holding a public hearing.  A request for a hearing may be denied if substantive reasons for holding a hearing are not provided or if there is otherwise no valid interest to be served.


It should be noted that materials submitted as part of the permit application become part of the public record and are thus available to the general public under the procedures of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  Individuals may submit a written request to obtain materials under FOIA or make an appointment to view the project file at the Chicago District Corps of Engineers Office of Counsel.


Interested parties wishing to comment on the proposed activity must do so in writing no later than June 30, 2022.  It is presumed that all parties receiving this notice will wish to respond to this public notice; therefore, a lack of response will be interpreted as meaning that there is no objection to the project as described.


This public notice is not a paid advertisement and is for public information only.  Issuance of this notice does not imply Corps of Engineers endorsement of the project as described.


If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Aaron Spencer by telephone at (312) 846-5540, or email at should be noted that ALL comments received by this office (via hard copy or electronic) will only be accepted with the full name and address of the individual commenting.  You can also visit our website at for more information on our program.