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SMC recently completed the Bull Creek Stream Restoration Project in Beach Park. Bull Creek flows through Beach Park, into Illinois Beach State Park and enters Lake Michigan. With heavy rain, this creek system experiences significant increases in water volume which leads to damage from erosion and ultimately large amounts of sediment and nutrients deposit into Illinois Beach State Park and Lake Michigan. The project goal was to reduce nearshore and nonpoint source pollution, and to improve water quality in Lake Michigan by restoring and stabilizing Bull Creek. The Bull Creek Stream Restoration Project was funded with local and federal grants, and the Village of Beach Park and Bull Creek property owners and stakeholders were instrumental to the project by supporting and developing conservation and drainage easements on their properties. Learn more.