‘Restoration’ could be disastrous
One notices that a “luau” is planned Saturday at the Lily Pond in Mill Creek Park to raise funds for the pond’s “restoration.”
Given the amount of tax funds it has at its disposal, I don’t know why the park thinks it is necessary to host a public fund-raising event on behalf of the pond, which, as it is rightly pointed out, is a park “treasure.”
But this is not the point.
The point is that “restoration” implies that the pond will be dredged.
I fear that this would be a serious mistake, as dredging would damage or destroy the complex web of life that makes the pond the park-visitor magnet that it is today.
Within its waters, the pond hosts an impressive turtle population, including very large snappers. Along the edge of the pond one can now notice large bass hovering over their spawning beds amidst a host of bluegills.
A little further out slowly cruise the multi-hued carp, long one of the pond’s trademark inhabitants.
Above water are the pond’s resident blue heron, mallard and wood ducks, and small flocks of Canada geese, the adults of which now hiss at passers-by as they protect their goslings, whose size varies greatly depending on just when they were hatched.
But just as timbering will destroy a forest, I fear that dredging would be the ruination of the Lily Pond for the foreseeable future.
I do applaud the park for vastly improving the trail along the edge of the pond, which had become a mucky morass in many spots.
But putting those two coyote “scarecrows” (one in a snarling, crouched position) on the edge of the pond in an attempt to scare off defecating geese was ridiculous, as the geese pay them little heed.
I fear that the same park administration that has so little knowledge of nature as to place those coyote likenesses along the pond may now be planning to dredge it, thus removing the pond’s aquatic wildlife along with the mud.
Robert R. Stanger, Boardman