The Town of Rockport has decided to dredge the Mill Pond in Millbrook Meadow in order to remove sediment and invasive species of plants in and around the pond. Years of sludge (estimate 4,000 pounds), overgrown flora, caved granite walls, and the rerouted brook have damaged the area. Concerned residents have raised private funds and petitioned the city and federal government for money and support. Plans are now underway to enact the restoration.
That said, there are turtles and fish in there that are going to need someplace to go. So... a few people from the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, Kestrel Education Adventures, NOAA's Relocation Specialist Eric Hutchins, Rockport High School Teacher Eric Sabo and his students, and a few others will be involved in moving turtles and fish to the Loop Pond, which is about a half mile upstream from the Mill Pond. We also hope to make an educational opportunity out of this and the public is invited to these activities.