City of Eaton: Don’t feed the waterfowl


By Eddie Mowen Jr. - cmowen@aimmediamidwest.com



Earlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park.

Earlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park.


Eddie Mowen Jr. | The Register-Herald

Earlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park.


Eddie Mowen Jr. | The Register-Herald

Earlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park.


Eddie Mowen Jr. | The Register-Herald

Earlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park.


Eddie Mowen Jr. | The Register-Herald

EATON — Earlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park.

“Proper signage has been placed at Crystal Lake Park to inform the public,” Eaton City Manager Brad Collins said. “Unfortunately, people are still feeding the geese at Crystal Lake, and this is continuing to cause numerous issues.

“Issues we are seeing at the park include destruction and damage of turf, excessive droppings leading to pollution on the ground and in the water, and overcrowding of waterfowl,” Collins added. “We also had many reports this spring of the geese being aggressive.”

Feeding leads to unnatural behavior, can delay migration, and may lead to poor nutrition and disease, according to officials. It is also damaging the nearby Eaton Country Club golf course, according to members.

Feeding attracts birds in unnatural numbers, beyond natural food and water supplies, and frequently in numbers beyond what is tolerable and is leading to damage and erosion at the golf course as well. Too many waterfowl make grassy areas at the park and golf course unsanitary.

“As long as there is substantial feeding from the public, the goose population will continue to increase,” Collins said. “Let’s work together to lower the overall population of geese at the lake so the parks can be enjoyed by everyone.”

Earlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park.
https://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2021/08/web1_geese1.jpgEarlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park. Eddie Mowen Jr. | The Register-Herald

Earlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park.
https://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2021/08/web1_geese2.jpgEarlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park. Eddie Mowen Jr. | The Register-Herald

Earlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park.
https://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2021/08/web1_geese3.jpgEarlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park. Eddie Mowen Jr. | The Register-Herald

Earlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park.
https://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2021/08/web1_geese4.jpgEarlier this year, Eaton City Council passed Ordinance 21-08, prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl in the city, in hopes of stopping damage and pollution at Crystal Lake Park. Eddie Mowen Jr. | The Register-Herald

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

cmowen@aimmediamidwest.com