While lily pads may be nice to view in small doses, no one likes a freshwater pond so covered in the plants that a visitor can’t even see the water.
Such was the problem at Wilton’s Horseshoe Pond, which welcomes visitors traveling from Wolfpit Road to the town center. For more than 20 years, neighbor Anne Deware said last week, the pond was covered by seemingly indestructible lily pads.
In fact, up to 95% of the water body could be covered by lily pads in any given year, she said.
But thanks to an effort over the past few years by Deware to spread the word about Horseshoe Pond’s problems, environmental remediation work was begun, and so far this year, the pond has been free of lily pads.
“The pond is the gateway to Wilton Center. Now everyone is looking out and saying, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s so beautiful!’” Deware told The Bulletin Tuesday.
“Now we want to keep it that way. We want people to come and enjoy it.”
In order to help the pond remain free of lily pads, the pond must be treated with aquacide chemicals for three years. The first round of treatment was finished last year, and another was performed this year.
The first year’s application has been paid for, but payment is still due to environmental contractor Pond & Lake Connection for this year’s and next year’s treatment.
In order to pay for further lily pad reduction and provide for continued maintenance of the water body, the Friends of Horseshoe Pond need to raise $10,000, Deware said.