by Tony Briscoe, Chicago Tribune

Since March 2015, public officials and government agencies have come together in the first-ever attempt to develop a regional plan to manage sand for the public shoreline from Evanston north to the Wisconsin state line. The 32-mile stretch of lakefront along the North Shore is home to more than two dozen beaches, several marinas and harbors, some of the state’s most expensive real estate and some of the most complicated coastal dynamics.

The so-called Illinois North Shore Sand Management Strategy, an initiative by the nonprofit Alliance for the Great Lakes and funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, invited policymakers, scientists and businesses to identify issues stemming from the erosion of sand and brainstorm regional solutions.

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