The Illinois & Michigan Canal is currently enjoying its winter slumber, a light coating of ice capping off the historic waterway.
But, once the thaw comes this spring, the canal is certain to again face areas of stagnant, standing water and algae. That's where the city of Morris is once again stepping in.
On Jan. 6, the Morris City Council unanimously approved a measure for aquatic weed control for the 2020 season of the I&M Canal between Price and Calhoun Streets in downtown Morris, covering the canal the majority of its length parallel to William G. Stratton State Park.
The city will pay Ken's Pond & Lake Management Services of Minooka $1,600 per application of herbicide along 5.3 surface acres of the canal for treatment of aquatic vegetation.
"This last year we did two applications, and it worked out really well. It's $1,600 an application, we're looking to budget for four but only utilize three," said Mayor Richard Kopczick. "Hopefully it will just be the three and it will be great, but it really did a good job last year."
This is the second year that the city will contract with Ken's Pond & Lake Management for algae control along the canal.
Per the contract, to maintain control for the summer may require that the treatments be completed every two weeks. Treatments will be administered from the I&M Canal pathway.
The council also approved an agreement with Ken's Pond & Lake Management Services for services at the lake at Fields at Saratoga. That contract, approved for an annual cost of $3,520, will cover algae and weed control at the 3.2 acre retention pond inside that subdivision.