Bissonette Pond - Willington, CT 
Bissonette Pond Species Map

2006 Aquatic Plant Survey map of Bissonette Pond

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            Bissonette Pond is a 48.5-acre lake in Willington, CT.  It is sparsely settled, and almost all houses on the lake have buffer zones near the water.

            Our August 2006 survey found 20 species of plants and no invasive species.  The most abundant plant is Brasenia schreberi, a plant with floating leaves which was abundant in most inlets.   The other floating-leaved species, Nuphar variegata and Nymphaea odorata were found in much smaller patches intermingled with the Brasenia schreberi.

            Utricularia intermedia, Utricularia gibba, Utricularia vulgaris, Potamogeton amplifolius, Potamogeton natans, and Charaphyte were found growing together in patches along edge of the lake.  Similarly, Potamogeton pusillus, Utricularia radiata, and Potamogeton epihydrus coexisted in several shallow areas.  The shoreline of the pond is host to long patches of Sparganium americanum, which is joined in one area on the eastern shore by unidentified sedge.

            Eleocharis acicularis occurred with a large patch of Utricularia gibba on the end of an outcropping on the western shore.   Likewise Potamogeton perfoliatus was only found once, in a small patch on the southern shore.  A small patch of Eriocaulon aquaticum is located in the southern-most cove.


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