CHICAGO (CBS) — The agency in charge of maintaining the Fox River and Chain O’Lakes has set its sights on other revenue streams to help pay for dredging now that state funding has dried up.
Fox Waterway Agency executive director Joe Keller said growing levels of sediment have been clogging the system, which has the most recreational boats per mile in the country.READ MORE: Chicago First Alert Weather: Clearing Skies, Wind Chills Bring Sub-Zero Feels-Like Temps
“It’s the most-traveled per-acre system of water throughout the entire United States of America,” he said.
Runoff from islands and farms has deposited more sediment at the bottom of the waterway than the agency can keep up with.
Since the state hasn’t come through with $300,000 in funding for the agency in the last two budget years, Fox Waterway has raised the price of annual boat stickers, and has asked the private sector to help cover the costs of dredging.READ MORE: View Live Radar