Save State Line Pond

State Line Pond is a historic lake in Stafford, CT, on the CT/MA border. In the mid-19th century its unusually clear water was used by Stafford Ice House as a source for ice that was delivered it to restaurants, homes and businesses as far away as Boston. In the 1950's and later, there were swimming areas and sandy beaches, and it is home to many varieties of fish and animal life. In recent years, however, it has increasingly become overgrown and infested with milfoil and other invasive weeds, and it has finally reached a point where fish are dying off and the lake is on the verge of degenerating into a swamp.


For years the Whispering Pines Lake Association, made up of the owners of properties surrounding the lake, has explored possible methods of reducing the weeds and saving the lake, but almost all are prohibitively expensive. But the Association has finally found a combination of reasonably-priced methods that may be able to  save the lake.

Stage 1: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)-Approved Weed Treatment

'Propeller' is a low-impact aquatic herbicide specially developed to target invasive weeds in ponds and lakes -- it does not harm fish or mammal life, and breaks down completely in water in less than 24 hours. It is approved by CT DEEP and can be applied quickly and easily. The herbicide will rapidly reduce the weed infestation to a point that the fish population may be able to survive, and we will be able to proceed with the second step of treatment.

Stage 2: Sterile Carp

Triploid grass carp are carp that feed on plants and are capable of reducing weeds and keeping them at a manageable level; they are sterile so they do not endanger other fish life. For a relatively small price, enough carp can be introduced to the lake to keep the weeds under control for years.

How much will this cost?

A full initial treatment of aquatic herbicide, professionally applied and monitored, will cost around $11,000. The CT DEEP permit needed for this step is several hundred dollars. The cost of introducing enough grass carp to further control weed growth will cost around $2,500. If we can raise a total of $15,000, this will cover all the treatment necessary to help save State Line Pond.

We need your help -- as quickly as possible!

The lake has deteriorated to a point where the fish are dying off, and we need to move quickly to reverse the damage. If we can raise the funds within the next 2-3 months, we can apply the treatments this year. By next year, it may be too late.

Please help us save this beautiful and historic lake!

State Line Pond is on the verge of dying. With your help, we can restore it to its original beauty, and maintain it as a vital habitat of fish and animal life for many years to come.

For more information about the lake and its history, please visit


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Nick Appleby 
Stafford Springs, CT
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