Kent Pond donations

Kent Pond got some attention at a Board of Selectmen meeting Oct. 23 when First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice announced that a dozen new donations have been made to help clean up the rustic body of water, full of floating invasive plant material. They amounted to $1,475.

Work on cleaning up the pond continues with the latest ripple being the release of 168 triploid grass carp on Sept. 29 to eat the invasive plants. They key to grass carp is biological control, because it is a vegetarian fish.

The fish will acclimate to the pond conditions over the winter and are expected to begin eating the pond’s plant material by next spring or summer.

Friends of Kent Pond, a neighborhood group founded about a year ago to explore methods to restore the pond to its former ecologically sound condition, helped fund the fish and continue to fund the efforts. Group members have also been donating their time and money to enable renovating not only the water, but the buffer along Ridgefield and Linden Tree roads.

To donate to Kent Pond restoration efforts, checks can be made out to Town of Wilton, earmarked for Kent Pond.