Thank you for your coverage of the alum treatment we’re doing on East Pond to alleviate algae blooms (“Treatment expected to rid East Pond of algae blooms,” June 11). The visibility you provided is valuable on a number of levels. We should, however, clarify that the source of some of the funding for the alum treatment of East Pond came from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319. The funding is administered by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with the EPA.

I was remiss in not making that linkage clear in my statement and I wouldn’t want to slight our true benefactors. We are most appreciative of the EPA’s support and hope to continue helping the agency with its important work here in Maine. We thank the agency for their support and for their confidence in the method we’re using for the restoration of East Pond’s chemical balance. It will go a long way toward returning the area to its former pristine condition.

The project has taken the contributions of many entities, all of whom have our sincere thanks.

Gerald Tipper

funding chairman

East Pond Association

Smithfield

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