Hartford Calls For Action As Popular Pond Turns Into A Marsh

Jan 4, 2016

Dewey's Mill Pond is in danger of evolving from a pond to a marsh, unless people take action. That's the premise behind an upcoming meeting called by the Hartford Recreation Department.

Dewey’s Mills Pond is a 52-acre wildlife refuge and recreational water body owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and leased by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. The Hartford Department of Parks and Recreation maintains a public boat launch area, and coordinates activities such as an annual volunteer day of pulling invasive Eurasian watermilfoil.

"The pond is in jeopardy of no longer being an open body of water for multiple recreation activities," a meeting announcement states. "The pond is slowly filling in with silt and organic matter. Since 2003, and every year thereafter, the Eurasian watermilfoil is being removed. This nuisance plant is choking out fish and many plants. If there is no long range plan put into motion, the body of water will eventually turn into marsh land."

Dewey's Mills Pond is a popular boating and fishing destination, and is host to an annual Kids Ice Fishing Derby. The entire shoreline is publicly owned, allowing for ample public access. There is also a popular walking trail along the dike that separates the pond from the Ottauquechee River.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information and foster discussion on the condition of the pond. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, at the Ottauquechee School in Quechee. Light refreshments will be served.