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Help Wanted to Clean Wilton's Horseshoe Pond

WILTON, Conn. – The time has come for the lily pads of Wilton’s Horseshoe Pond to be cleared off to help keep the pond clean.

“I go by the pond all the time,” Wilton resident Anne Deware said. “It’s the first view people have of our town, and I found it disturbing to have the pond completely covered by lilies.”

That is why she and others in the community founded a group called Project Lily Pad. The project started, Deware said, when a resident near Horseshoe Pond started to pull the lilies out to clear the pond and make it look better.

Some other residents have said the pond looks better with the lily pads, Deware said, although she said none of them have argued too strongly.

Lily pads are invasive and have covered the top of Horseshoe Pond. “We want to make it a place where people can go and call it a park,” Deware said. “People have been trying to clean the pond for at least 20 years.”

The group is looking to set a date in late June or early July, when the water is warm enough that people can go in and start pulling up the lily pads. Once the lily pads have been pulled, the area will stay cleared, Deware said.

The project is funded by private donations of the equipment such as canoes, small boats, wetsuits, waders, gloves, spades and other tools as well as cash donations for purchasing such items. Cleaning the pond will take an entire weekend, and the group is looking for volunteers to help.

A silent auction is planned to help fund the project. In the office window of Halstead Property on River Road is a watercolor called “Peonies” by local artist, Maria Jarreau Heller. Bids can be made during regular office hours. All the proceeds will go toward the project.

For more information, contact Anne Deware via email.

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