Even on a cloudy January day, this county park near me was lovely, and nearby residents enjoy the wildlife and quiet and get lost in the whole nature experience – right up until they spy this shiny man-made monstrosity – a Koenders aerating pond windmill.
As explained here, wind causes air to be piped underground to the bottom of the lake, where it performs all kinds of good deeds – like vent toxic gases, reduce sedimentation, algae, and risk of West Mile Virus, plus improve fish health and water clarity. Okay, who am I to argue?
But does this bucolic scene have to be ruined by such ugliness? One neighbor, my friend Pam, HATES it and suspects that someone in the county Parks Department knew somebody who sells them, or some such tainted procurement procedure. According to the Koenders website, this thing cost $2,300, plus the cost of that lovely barbed-wire-topped chainlink. People!! And couldn’t they spring for the colored variety? Not to mention a decent-looking fence?