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Boating allowed again on Fox River

Updated: August 8, 2013 6:59AM

SPRINGFIELD — Boating again is legal on the Fox River between McHenry and Montgomery.

Marc Miller, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, lifted the boating ban on Thursday because, he said, local officials had reported that the river’s depth, current speed and amount of dangerous floating debris had improved.

The ban had been imposed about two weeks ago after two days of intense rain had dumped almost a foot of water onto the Algonquin-Cary-Barrington area and other parts of the river’s watershed.

In a statement, Miller said safer conditions have now been reported by the Illinois Conservation Police commander for this region, Capt. Brett Scroggins, as well as by Kane County Emergency Management Director Don Bryant and McHenry County Marine Unit Commander Joe Marvin.

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