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 Synnott's Pond Restoration 
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October 7th: an excavator sitting on a special "crane mat" starts to move aside years of accumulated silt at the pond.  The dam is shown in the foreground.
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October 7th: an excavator sitting on a special "crane mat" starts to move aside years of accumulated silt at the pond. The dam is shown in the foreground.

Another view upstream from the dam.
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Another view upstream from the dam.

The excavator must be moved carefully to avoid sinking into the mud!
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The excavator must be moved carefully to avoid sinking into the mud!

The results of a day of earth-moving.
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The results of a day of earth-moving.

A view downstream toward the dam.
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A view downstream toward the dam.

From October 14th: while the digging is mostly complete, the dredging spoils still need to be moved out of the way.
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From October 14th: while the digging is mostly complete, the dredging spoils still need to be moved out of the way.

Dredging spoils are moved to low-lying areas surrounding the pond.
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Dredging spoils are moved to low-lying areas surrounding the pond.

Derek Pedersen and daughter Casey watch as the pond banks are stabilized with heavy-duty fabric and plantings.
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Derek Pedersen and daughter Casey watch as the pond banks are stabilized with heavy-duty fabric and plantings.

From the November 4th work party: John Forren and John Sakoff help tote some of the 300 donated trees and shrubs from streetside down to the pond area.
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From the November 4th work party: John Forren and John Sakoff help tote some of the 300 donated trees and shrubs from streetside down to the pond area.

Brian Hayes and Sam Calhoun arrange and dig holes for some of the plants.
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Brian Hayes and Sam Calhoun arrange and dig holes for some of the plants.

Mayor Capaldi starts making a dent in one of several enormous mulch piles.
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Mayor Capaldi starts making a dent in one of several enormous mulch piles.

Mike Feeney and others distribute mulch around the new pond trail.
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Mike Feeney and others distribute mulch around the new pond trail.

Scott Barnes and Tom Lombardo mulch another section of trail.
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Scott Barnes and Tom Lombardo mulch another section of trail.

November 8th: with the plantings complete, the wooden gates on the pond dam are installed.  After two inches of rain on this day, the restored pond takes shape.
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November 8th: with the plantings complete, the wooden gates on the pond dam are installed. After two inches of rain on this day, the restored pond takes shape.

Another view from the head of the pond toward the dam.
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Another view from the head of the pond toward the dam.

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