A group of concerned citizens have been meeting to discuss the need to “Save Dewey’s Pond”. The group consists of representatives from the Town of Hartford, VINS, Quechee Lakes Landowners Association and local business people. We meet on a monthly basis and explore ideas that might restore Dewey’s Pond to a “healthy” state for wildlife and fauna. However we will need the support of concerned residents and business owners to move forward.Please attend an informational meeting on January 13, at 6:30 p.m., 2016 in the Ottauquechee Elementary School cafeteria to learn about the condition and actions that could be taken regarding the Pond’s future. It is important that you attend this meeting to understand the potential actions and express your opinion. Please pass this request onto anyone you know who has enjoyed the Pond and would be concerned about its future.
We will provide more information as we move closer to the date of the informational meeting. We thank you in advance for your future participation.
You may wonder what has caused the urgency to save the pond. the following is a brief description of what has occurred in the past few years.
The aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene has been a deterioration of the ecosystem within and around the Pond. The natural wildlife and fauna has either diminished severely or disappeared. This is due to the increase in deposits of silt and soil, resulting in the decrease of the Pond’s depth, causing higher water temperature. In addition the invasive plant, Milfoil, is now rampant throughout the Pond. Nothing has been done to date to correct these conditions. If the Pond is to return to a healthy habitat for wildlife and natural fauna and be an enjoyable recreational spot, all the adverse conditions need to be addressed. The “Save Dewey’s Pond” group is in discussions with the State of Vermont and the Pond’s owner, the Army Corp of Engineers, to determine appropriate actions to address all the issues.
There has been an attempt to control the increase of Milfoil within the pond Currently, Gary Pelton and a dedicated group of students, manually pull Milfoil from the Pond during the summer months. Unfortunately this does not eradicate the Milfoil, but trims it back. In order to permanently reduce the Milfoil level the depth of the Pond must be increased. In the interim, as we try to reduce the Milfoil level much assistance is needed. A “Milfoil Pulling Training” session happened last August 23 and we will schedule additional training events next summer.