I VISITED SOUTHMERE VILLAGE PARK in South Surrey many times over the years to enjoy its tranquil setting of gorgeous weeping willows and pretty ponds. It was a joy to watch wildlife float and bob in the gentle water.
The bulrushes were constant but I didn't notice over time that various other foliage such as the lily pads were no longer flourishing. Little by little certain plants died due to contaminants in the water as well as salt, I was told, seeping in from the roads. Unwanted bicycles, tires and other garbage were also dumped in these ponds.
This "spring cleaning" actually started months ago and was scheduled to be completed by now. The clean out of the two detention ponds began in February and was to last only five weeks. However long it takes, the project is vital to the local environment as the ponds are a holding place for water that drains in from nearby streets and slowly drains back out from the ponds into other watery locations. I imagine the city is working to filter out salt in future.
The ponds generated by this method of flood control have been a habitat for birds for decades. These two geese seemed puzzled about the deficiencies in the environment resulting from the very slow pace of the job. Hovering over the remaining few puddles, their anxious honks sounded like children on a car ride that has gone on for too long who keep asking, "Are we there yet?"
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