Island Lake OKs Herbicide to Free Lake from Weeds
Heidenrich, Chris, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Chris Heidenrich Daily Herald Staff Writer
Island Lake is banking on a pellet this summer to help make a dent in the weed population in its lake of the same name.
At the suggestion of the village's lake management committee, Island Lake trustees on Thursday unanimously approved spending $5,490 for the slow-release pellet Sonar, as well as two other chemicals to control algae.
Aquatic Weed Technology of Roselle will provide and apply Sonar and the anti-algae chemicals Cutrine Plus and copper sulfate.
Sonar would be applied in a five-acre area on the north side that includes mostly Circle Lagoon and the inlet along Forest Drive. Water does not move around much in those areas, letting weed fragments take root, Richard Rollins of Aquatic Weed Technology told trustees last week.
As the first plant to start growing in the spring, the milfoil keeps sunlight away from native plants and prevents them from surviving, Rollins said.
Lake management committee member Bob Carpenter told trustees the undesirable weeds should be eliminated from the treated areas this summer, and that hopefully will last past the season.
Meanwhile, the lake will be monitored to see if other areas need treatment next summer, Carpenter said. …