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Steve S.

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• Volunteers from the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance and the Shabbona Lake Sportmans Club kicked in more than $200 to purchase water willow shoots for planting along Shabbona Lake's east shoreline on July 20. The soft bank is being eaten away by waves. The erosion has built a substantial flat extending out into the lake -- soft-bottomed, shallow water that adds nothing to the ecosystem and has virtually no benefit to the fishery.


Water willows (like the "green islands" of them seen throughout the lower Kankakee River) root quickly and grow with "their feet in the water and their shoulders above" and provide habitat that attracts both air-borne and aquatic insects, cover for forage and young-of-year fish and, in the case of bank-side plots, help prevent erosion caused by waves pounding the shoreline.


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