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Letter: Lost lagoon a lost opportunity

Posted: December 18, 2017 2:49 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Conservation District is extremely disappointed that the lagoon beside the wastewater treatment plant on Bramblewood Plantation Road has been mowed and appears to be being used for storage. This lagoon was a hidden treasure in Camden. The waterfowl and wildlife that could be seen there was extraordinary. Birders and nature lovers could see a variety of wildlife typically not found in a city setting. Several varieties of ducks frequented the lagoon; redhead, lesser scaup and ring-necked to name a few. Also there were great blue herons, American egrets, anhingas and occasionally a least tern and bald eagle could be seen. 

A great education opportunity has been destroyed. Gone is the wildlife habitat, wetland fauna and the beauty nature provides. Also gone is nature’s ability to be productive. That beautiful lagoon provided storm water treatment for the City.

The good news is it’s probably not too late to restore it. Let the storm water flow and ban the mower and nature will provide its bounty again. In this age of tight government budgets, leaving the lagoon as it was is a win-win. Little to no money to spend and nature will provide endless beauty and educational opportunities for all ages, with the added bonus of luring outside and back to nature.

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