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By Kristen Cole   Date: 10/13/12 Bookmark and Share

Water Works at Smith

This week, Smith’s two ponds will begin to undergo maintenance projects that will be evident in lowered water levels.

The larger of the two, Paradise Pond, which flows over the spillway, is now in need of dam repair. The project includes reconstructing an earthen dike that runs 800 feet upstream from the spillway to the throwing field.

The water in Paradise Pond will be partially drawn down to a level that is eight feet below normal for about two months. Parts of the pond floor may be exposed by the water loss. In addition, the jogging path will be fenced off from the spillway north past the softball field during the project.

In the two-month period, T Ford Company of Georgetown, Mass., will remove stumps, replace some soil with new material and reshape the dike to a consistent slope and elevation. The lower portion of the slope upstream will be armored with stone.

Additionally, the Lyman Plant House pond will be dredged so that the area can be cleared of invasive plants and the banks be reshaped.

The project includes the removal of about 200 cubic yards of material as well as installation of a gravity fed underground water supply to improve the water quality.

In addition to the draining of the water during the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed by Scapes Builders of Deerfield, Mass., by early December, a screened fence will be installed around the site.

New plants will be added around the pond in the spring.

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