I read Bo Peterson’s April 13 article on the Bridge View pond with sadness. I hope that this reconstruction project is not as reckless as it looks and that as I watch the destruction of an animal habitat firsthand, the reconstruction will be as thoughtful and considerate as its maintenance was quick.
I understand these ponds need to be cleaned out periodically. I also appreciate the aim to make the pond a “show piece” for developers and a place for inmates to visit family during visits. These are good intents; however, I am sure these goals can be achieved while maintaining a place for the birds and animals that found a new habitat.
I work at a business located off Corporate Road. The pond is a place I care about and want to flourish. I was shocked recently to see the dramatic dredging already under way. Two days later, a sign with improvement plans was posted.
This is the classic lack of communication I might expect from a commercial developer trying to start an unpopular construction project under the radar, not something I expect from a county council that holds an annual Earth Day festival and claims to want a more beautiful North Charleston.
Recently I saw birds clinging to the last drippings of water from the pond taken from them. It was truly a horrific sight.
I urge people concerned about North Charleston and development oversight in general to contact Charleston County Council members and urge them to do all they can to protect the pond.