RUTLAND, Vt. — Residents living near a Vermont brook are relieved to hear that a project to improve its water quality will not require the draining of two nearby ponds.

The state has said that Moon Brook in Rutland does not meet water quality standards, a problem that city officials blamed on heating from the ponds.

The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2eNrw4N ) officials told residents Monday that some work would need to be done to reduce the heating effect of the ponds, but they won’t need to be drained.

The general plan is to add a buffer of vegetation to provide shade and to remove fine silt from the ponds.

Some of the shading barrier would need to be on private land. Officials hope property owners will cooperate.