We’d like to bring to your attention a plan for dredging Willow Pond at Look Park in Florence. The Daily Hampshire Gazette’s article on May 5th has a good summary of the issues.
Gary Metras of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited has a smart take on the issue. TU has no problem with dredging the pond, but would oppose dumping the bass, pickerel, and other warm-water fish into the Mill, which supports cold-water species, particularly native brook trout. Instead, the Willow Pond fish could be transported to Fitzgerald Lake or another local warm-water location.
The Mill River Greenway should weigh in on this issue, so we would like to hear from you. Send us an email with your response.