At the Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology, we have a pond called the Duck Pond. It is called this because for many years it always had a least grebe living on it. Sadly, when we arrived this year the grebe was gone because, well, the pond was gone. Almost totally overrun by vegetation
So, like in other years when we have spent some time clearing out the hyacinth from the Basilisk Pond to keep it open, an effort was made to at least open up a patch of water and see if it is reasonable for us to just go in and pull out the plants to keep our pond. It has worked remarkably well with the Basilisk pond, but this is a different trouble altogether.
I wasn't there for the completion of this work, but will post a photo of the weeded pond next time I am up there. But having been around to watch the start, this was hard work.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist