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Rosewood Beach Sand Nourishment Project Update

9/11/19 – The Park District is seeking emergency approval from United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to proceed with a sand nourishment project at the Rosewood Beach nature and swimming coves this Fall. The goal of the project is to stem the pattern of severe erosion at the beach caused by record-high lake levels combined with an increase in severe storms causing damaging wave action over the past year. Emergency approval would allow the Park District to proceed with the project while longer-term sand nourishment permitting continues. Permits required are from the USACE, IDNR, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).  

This week, SmithGroup, the engineering firm working with the Park District, is finalizing their calculations for the beach slopes and volume of sand required to complete the project. This information, along with a request to for the project’s emergency approval, will be sent to both the USACE and IDNR. The Park District anticipates these approvals will take approximately two weeks. Also, next week, SmithGroup will begin working with contractors to provide pricing on the project. Final pricing will be presented to the Park Board for their review and approval in the next several weeks.    

Please note:  The October “Stories in the Sand” program at Rosewood is cancelled. 

For more information on the Rosewood Beach Sand Nourishment Project, click here

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