Civic Solution: Lake Forest Shoreline Restoration

by John F. Fischbach,
David J. Werren,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Recognizing the need to protect its public shoreline against erosion and to restore the area for optimum public recreational use, the City of Lake Forest, Illinois, appointed a 23-member citizen committee in November, 1984, to identify problems and develop solutions. Within six months, the committee had engaged a project engineering team. The comprehensive plan includes six off-shore breakwaters, a one-acre protected boat launch basin, four acres of new beach, plus parking lots, picnic areas, and other amenities. To design the project, extensive hydraulic model testing was performed. The electorate approved, by a 76% majority, issuance of general obligation bonds to finance construction. No Federal or State funds were solicited. Construction began on June 9, 1986, and will be completed in May, 1987.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Coastal management | Shoreline protection | Hydraulic models | Forests | Erosion | Ecological restoration | Great Lakes | Illinois | United States

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