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Turtle pond lost to waste

Turtle pond lost to waste


I find it interesting that no one has spoken out for the turtles whose habitat is being destroyed in the reclamation of Milltown Reservoir.

The so-called "Tunnel Pond" in the recent story (Missoulian, Sept. 25) can be - or could have been, before the work - accurately described as the turtle pond, alive with the shelled reptiles.

I was under the impression our wetlands are to be cherished, and such habitat preserved.

It was a great little teaching pond for taking kids and showing them turtles and explaining how they eat little fishes and water flora and bugs, and observing the natural world of a thriving pond.

It was also just a wonderful, peaceful spot of nature in what is becoming an increasingly hectic, urban environment.

Now the pond is to be the receptacle for old mining waste.

I'm sad for its loss.

Anne Kazmierczak, Missoula

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