Why Chemical Treatments?

Chemical treatment provides the quickest and most cost efficient control of unwanted vegetation for the vast majority of lakes and ponds in Illinois. Most lakes and ponds in the state are not either large enough or have the ‘right" weeds for mechanical removal with an aquatic weed harvester. Biological controls such as the White Amur (grass carp) can work well in isolated circumstances, overall results are not very predictable. Biological controls are still in their infancy, perhaps in the future there will be more options.

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