A Chicago-area beach has been named among the nation’s best restored beaches for 2016.
Rosewood Beach in Highland Park was one of five beaches to make the list by the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association.
A restored beach is one where beach-quality sand is placed on dwindling beaches to reserve or offset the effects of erosion.
According to the report, many of America’s most heavily visited beaches are restored beaches.
This year’s ranking was based on three criteria, including the economic and ecological benefits the beach brings to its community, the short- and long-term success of the restoration project and the challenges the community overcame during the course of the project.
The Highland Park beach was noted for restoring a beach that had suffered “decades of deterioration due to human-caused influences along the west shore of Lake Michigan.”
Other beaches to make the list were Babe’s Beach in Galveston, Texas; Seabrook Island in South Carolina; Topsail Beach in North Carolina; and Redondo Beach in California.