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ICMP Public Meeting February 18 th, 2011 February 18 th, 2011.

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1 ICMP Public Meeting February 18 th, 2011 February 18 th, 2011

2 The environmental legacy of our industrial sites, and the demands of a growing and vibrant urban community create a complex set of issues to balance as we invest in programs that seek to restore our ecosystems and meet the increasing demands for open space, recreation, and public access. The broad goal of the Illinois Coastal Management Program (ICMP) is to preserve, protect, restore, and where possible, enhance the coastal resources in Illinois for this and succeeding generations. The ICMP, once approved by NOAA, enables Illinois to receive approximately $2 million per year, which will fund a grants program to implement local projects.

3 Beach rebuilding at Illinois Beach State Park The ICMP will initially focus on efforts to address the following program areas which are also outlined in the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy: Invasive Species – Mitigation and long term sustainable solutions to terrestrial invasive species. Habitat, Ecosystems and Natural Area Restoration – Address the undeveloped portions of shoreline in Cook and Lake counties north of Chicago to the Wisconsin state line. Persistent Bio-accumulative Toxins – Develop site specific strategies to address toxins. Sustainable Development - Focus on the development of strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

4 Waukegan Harbor Areas of Concern - Six of 14 use impairments have been identified for the Waukegan AOC. The impairments include restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption, benthos degradation, restrictions on dredging, beach closings, degradation of phytoplankton populations and loss of fish and wildlife habitat. Information and Indicators - Identify existing and ongoing data collections and indicators. It will also identify gaps in data and develop priorities for future data collection efforts Non-point source - The ICMP will facilitate an important discussion of expanding the use of green infrastructure to control storm-water, promote groundwater recharge and reduce flooding.

5 The ICMP Grants Program will provide assistance to coastal communities for community planning, sustainable growth,, and to address coastal nonpoint pollution. Priority will be given to projects which encourage communities to adopt comprehensive plans and goals which protect our coastal resources. Coastal community - Evanston

6 Eligible Projects Coastal Hazard Mitigation Public Access Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Coastal Wetland Protection Government Coordination and Decision Making Historic Preservation Community Planning Education and Public Awareness Habitat Restoration Land Acquisition Non-eligible Projects Beach re-nourishment Restroom facilities Large-scale hard structure erosion control projects Maintenance Road and parking lot construction Water and sewer line construction Wetland or habitat restoration required as a permit condition or mitigation program Cleanup of contaminated sites required as a permit or regulatory action Improvements to private property

7 The coastal zone boundary for Illinois has resulted in a two-tiered designation: The primary or “lakeshore” coastal zone boundary defines the land area within the present-day Lake Michigan watershed. This “present-day watershed” area is roughly 85 square miles. A secondary or “inland waterway” coastal zone boundary defines land corridors along the two river systems in the Chicago area that historically flowed to Lake Michigan but now have their flow diverted away from the lake. The Illinois Coastal Zone has a lake ward extent that reaches to the Illinois state line across the open water area of Lake Michigan. Within Lake Michigan, the Illinois state line adjoins the state boundaries of Wisconsin on the north, Michigan on the east, and Indiana on the south. 1)IBSP North 2)IBSP South 3)Waukegan 4)Lake Forest 5)Glencoe 6)Evanston 7)Montrose 8)Chicago Loop 9)Jackson Park 10)Calumet 11)N. Shore Chicago 12)North Branch 13)Main S. Branch 14)Calumet Park 15)Grand Calumet

8 Lead Agency — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is the state agency responsible for development and implementation of the ICMP. ICMP division— The ICMP staff will be located in Chicago, and will work closely with other IDNR divisions as appropriate. Lead Supporting Agency — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will be the lead supporting agency to the IDNR in administering the ICMP. Lead for ICMP Consistency — ICMP staff will be the primary point of contact for ICMP federal consistency determinations. ICMP will consult with appropriate state authorities in making these determinations.

9 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) The TAC will provide the forum for state agency input, consistency review, and coordination with other state or local agencies on projects or issues which could have an effect on land and water resources within the coastal zone. The TAC will also serve as the central mechanism in ensuring that all State agencies exercising their authorities within the coastal zone will adhere to the ICMP policies and management techniques. Coastal Advisory Group (CAG) The CAG will provide a forum for broad public input on regional issues affecting Illinois’ Lake Michigan coastal resources and on the direction of the ICMP. The CAG will be vital to the ICMP, in that it will provide a diverse perspective on coastal issues meriting special program attention and a close link between the ICMP and its numerous stakeholders. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) - The IDNR recommended the formation of technical advisory groups to assist in developing issue papers with respect to a general issue or a specific geographic area which may merit attention through the ICMP.

10 The IDNR is on track to receive program approval from NOAA in Below are some of the key remaining steps that will be required for program approval NOAA and IDNR jointly develop Environmental Assessment (EA), federal section and combine document. NOAA conducts formal “threshold review” of hearing document and EA. NOAA and IDNR complete draft EIS (DEIS), public review notice. NOAA and IDNR respond to public comments, revise DEIS, produce Final EIS (FEIS), submit to Governor for review, documentation and sign-off, and publish and distribute FEIS and Federal Register Notice for review. FEIS public review NOAA completes Approval Findings with federal agencies’ comments appended. Formal Program Approval – start Section 306 grants.

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