kids playing in a flood pond

Kimberly - posted on 06/10/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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just two days ago it was really hot outside. down the road is wipple lake almost walking distance. but still we came back home from the beach and find a father allowing his 5 year old to swim in the ponds right outside our door, therr is turtles and bugs and gunk in these small ponds. i was shocked me and my friend went to the landlord and had to tell her, that is dangerous and very disgusting. then to top it off the father leaves the sight of his son. when we told the landlord she was in shock, she couldnt believe it. this man has all the money in the world he couldnt take his son to the beach where they keep it clean every day and the water is clear so you know what is in it. instead let him swim in a flood pond and to top it off leave him unsupervised. me and my friend wanted to take a picture and put it in the paper.

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Kimberly - posted on 06/10/2011

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oh i know i mean i have always been the kind of person to teach my kid about things like that. look at the painted turtle its my favorite lol. and across the street from us we have to lakes that just formed this summer where muscrat and beaver have made it there home. turtles are just now nesting and going across the road. so we are rich in wildlife. the ducks come by and swim every day. it is really cool being this close to town and all this wildlife. when we first moved in here a tree frog was on our window. i feel we have good luck lol.

Krista - posted on 06/10/2011

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Okay, I understand now what you're talking about. And no, the kid shouldn't be swimming in there. Not because it's bad for the kid, but because waterfowl may be nesting along the edge of the pond. And nesting failure is responsible for the lion's share of all overall duck population deaths, so protecting nesting habitat is quite important.

I peeked at your profile and saw what state you reside in, and it's definitely a top region with regards to wetland conservation priorities. So you might want to talk to your neighbour. You can always fib and say that you saw a nest near the pond, and would hate for anything to happen to it.

Kimberly - posted on 06/10/2011

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with a pond like this in high heat algie and jiggers that is there prime living conditions is in ponds like the ones here. lakes yes you still get those but its more moving water stops the growth being over populated for instance maskitos live in ponds they lay there eggs in still ponds like this. there is alot more water creatures that would prefer a pond than a lake.

Kimberly - posted on 06/10/2011

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its both it stays all year long and its a low point that gathers all the water and i feel the same way about the ecosystem these ponds are a home life for a lot of animals. turtles are always in that pond and so is the frogs and other critters.

Krista - posted on 06/10/2011

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Just to clarify, though...what do you mean by a "flood pond". Is this a permanent body of water? Or is it one of those low points in the ground that just gets pond-like after heavily wet weather? Because if it's the former, he might not want to be mucking about in there anyway -- not because it's dangerous to him, but because wetlands are fairly delicate ecosystems, and I'd worry about the kid tromping around on habitat.



So yeah, if you could provide a more complete description of this pond, that'd be great.

Jenny - posted on 06/10/2011

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The unsupervised part is not good but it sounds like the "swimming hole" I had as a kid. I loved swimming with turtles and bugs and gunk.

Krista - posted on 06/10/2011

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It was definitely not good to leave him unsupervised. But part of me wonders if that pond was really all that much dirtier than the beach water. The water at the beach may LOOK clear, but there are probably just as many invertebrates in it. And actually, in a way, it's probably cleaner, because you don't have 1000 other kids pissing in it...

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