CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Angelica LaVito – Algae had grown so thick on Lake Catherine this summer that Marilyn Belleau felt like she could walk on water. She was afraid to swim in it, and her husband could not even fish in it without his line getting stuck.
In Aurora and Elgin, calls poured in from residents complaining of the foul taste and smell of their drinking water. The cause? A chemical released by decaying algae.
The problem started in Antioch’s Lake Catherine and traveled down the Fox River about 40 miles to Elgin and then another 30 miles to Aurora. The problem affected hundreds of thousands of people, but finding a solution was the responsibility of the Fox Waterway Agency… CONTINUE READING THE ARTICLE IN CHICAGO TRIBUNE