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Updated: March 9, 2005, 6:05 PM ET
By Staff Reports | BASS Times, Sept. 2004

PEORIA, Ill. — Bass are swimming in deeper water these days in Peoria Lake, thanks to an innovative solution to a siltation problem that has long plagued this Illinois River fishery.

Earlier this year, 70 barges removed more than 100,000 tons of mud from the lake bottom, transporting it 165 miles upstream to Lake Michigan. There, it was used to cover up 573 acres of land glazed over by slag, the byproduct left behind by a steel mill. Grass now is growing on the soil that was deemed ...

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