Volunteers recently worked to improve the area surrounding the Rossville’s pond.
Village Trustee Charles Cornell said volunteers worked for several hours on July 5 to clear out brush and weeds from around the northern section of the pond.
Chris Kelnhofer, Eric Black, Amber Black, Fisher Black, Ryan Judy, Sarah Balla, Lilly Hedgecock and Cornell all volunteered their time and effort to help clear off some of the overgrown brush.
Cornell said that this is just the first step in a long process of clearing the banks of the pond.
“We still have a long way to go yet,” he said.
Cornell plans to coordinate more volunteer teams to continue the efforts of the clearing the banks in the near future.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help out with this work is asked to contact the village office at 217-748-6914.
In addition to clearing out some of the brush from the pond’s banks, Cornell said a chemical had been added to the pond recently to help clear off some of the algae on the pond’s surface.
Cornell said the chemical will take 30-45 days to take full-effect, but it’s already made something a difference.
“This is a whole lot better now than what it was when we first started working on it,” he said.
Cornell’s hope is that making the water healthier and clearing out the brush from the pond’s banks will encourage more people to come to the pond and fish.
“It’ll be nice to see more people out here fishing in it,” he said.
These efforts are just the latest in a continuing effort to improve the quality of the pond.
Earlier this year, the village purchased 430 fish, including bluegill, black krappie and bass, from the Vermilion County Soil & Water Conservation District and had them released in the pond.
Cornell said they went with small fish so they could grow into the pond and that it was likely past time to replenish the stock of the pond.
Cornell had previously purchased 900 fish to restock the pond in 2014. Cornell said a small batch of grass carp had been added to the pond last year to help alleviate some of the issues they were having with algae.