It was a fabulously warm and sunny weekend at The Ledges. I am happy to add that a tremendous amount of cleanup work has already been done. Thank you to all the volunteers who contributed their time and sweat to the task! I'm also happy to report that the lake is apparently safe for swimming again - at least according to some authorities. It was declared safe on October 7th by the Town of Wilmington. However, the Bennington Sheriff's Department was still advising people not to swim. Go figure!
But I was in the water, and although it was bracingly cold (63F), it was definitely much cleaner than it had been. Water level has been allowed to rise as well.
The cleanup status is as follows: The stone ledge areas have all been cleaned up and are essentially back to normal. The sandy beach area is still undergoing cleanup work - we have a fire every decent day and throw the wooden refuse on those as quickly as we can. It's going to be a bit longer before the whole area is back to normal, and there isn't much time left. What's not done will have to wait until Spring.