by Barbara Walvoord
From Lathrop Lamp Post, April 13, 207
To everyone’s amazement, an otter has been visiting the retention pond behind the Teaberry homes on the east campus.
This pond was constructed when the Teaberry homes were first built in 1996, as part of the storm water runoff system required by law to protect our wetlands. It has a rubber liner on the bottom, but it’s full of cattails, and we’ve seen plenty of turtles, frogs, salamanders, and toads in it, so there must be a layer of mud on top of the rubber. Since the purpose of the pond is to filter pollutants from the road, roofs, and lawns, the water and mud may be polluted to some extent.
Fertilizer from the surrounding lawn undoubtedly contributes an abundance of nitrogen, leading to heavy algae growth in summer.
Nonetheless, here is our otter, playing in the pool. Where might it have come from? Where is it going? Continue reading Playing in the Pool