The State of Illinois recently awarded grants totaling over $1.6 million to several groups working to protect and preserve the Lake Michigan shoreline and other waterways in the state. 

From CBS Chicago
“The grants ranged in size from $10,500 to $143,000 and were awarded to projects from just south of the Illinois-Wisconsin state line to the Calumet region.
In awarding the grants, with the Oak Street Beach as his backdrop, Gov. Pat Quinn said he sees no better way to observe Earth Day than working to keep Illinois clean and safe for future generations.
He urged people across Illinois to get outside and volunteer for beach and river shoreline clean-up programs. He made the announcement as volunteers from the Alliance for the Great Lakes did a clean-up of Oak Street Beach.”

Read more about the Illinois Coastal Management Program here.