Bantam Pond, Torrington
Development around 24.7-acre Bantam Pond, which is also know as Timber Lake, is moderate. A number of homes have been built on the southeast side and in otherwise wooded areas along the northwest and northeast sides of the pond. A lake association manages aquatic plants in the pond by removing them with a mechanical harvester.
Submerged plants were very abundant during our survey conducted in September 2005. White water lily (Nymphaea odorata) occurred in a narrow band along the shore on the pond’s northwest and northeast sides. Among the submerged plants, western waterweed (Elodea nuttallii) and coontail (Ceratophyllum demersum) were most abundant. Both formed nearly continuous stands across the bottom of the pond. The invasive fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana) also was abundant, with large stands in the western and southern ends of the pond and along the northeast side. The floating-leaved water smartweed (Polygonum amphibium) occurred in small patches in shallow water on the northeast and southwest sides of the pond. A number of pondweed species were recorded in widely separated patches, including large-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton amplifolius),floating-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton natans), flat-stemmed pondweed (Potamogeton zosteriformis), and small pondweed (Potamogeton pusillus).