On Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it has approved a request by the Uptown Water District to use aluminum foil on boats.
A letter from Fish and Woods’ aquatic director said that the use of aluminum foil “would be the safest and least damaging option for protecting water quality.”
The letter said the aluminum foil would be used for boat wraps in both the spring and fall to keep boats from being swept out to sea.
The water district also wants the fish and wildlife service to approve an aluminum foil ban in the summer, which would mean the coating would be removed from the water in July.
The agency’s proposal also would require that fishing boats using aluminum foil must stay in the same area as their boats, which is likely to be an inconvenience for some residents.
The letter also said that if the UFTD does not receive an extension from the federal agency, the agency would apply for a permit from the state of Illinois to begin using aluminum foils on boats starting in the fall.
According to Fish and Water Service documents, the department is not yet authorized to use foil on vessels under the state’s new rules.
It is unclear if other states have similar permits.
As of last week, the state Department of Natural Resources had received the request for the aluminum foil ban and was evaluating it.