Hart Pond, Litchfield
Hart Pond, Litchfield

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   Hart Pond is a 12 acre pond in Litchfield, CT. The pond is relatively shallow with a maximum depth of approximately 1.5 meters. There is a residential road along part of the pond and is entirely surrounded by wetland and forest. There is no boat access, as the pond is not meant for recreational use of any kind. The pond is difficult to navigate as it is mostly shallow and filled with vegetation.

   The CAES IAPP survey found eleven species in the pond, none of which were invasive. The most dominant species include: Nuphar variegata (yellow water lily), Nymphaea odorata (white water lily), Brasenia schreberi (watershield), and Typha species (Cattail).  N. variegata, N. odorata and B. schreberi were present in a large patch that covered the entire eastern half of the pond as well as several patches in the western half. Of the 20 transect points N. variegata was present on 75%, N. odorata on 45%, and B. schreberi on 40%. Typha species surrounded the entire pond, preventing navigation to much of the shoreline.

   Other species found include: Ceratophyllum echinatum (spineless hornwort), Utricularia macrorhiza (common bladderwort), Utricularia purprea (eastern purple bladderwort), Potamogeton oakesianus (Oakes’ pondweed), and Potamogeton obtusifolius (bluntleaf pondweed). C. echinatum was present in a large patch covering the western portion of the pond. U. macrorhiza and U. purpurea were found in large patches in the eastern half of the pond as well as several smaller patches throughout. P. oakesianus was growing primarily in the western and southern parts of the pond. A large patch of  P. obtusifolius was present in the western corner, along with small patches scattered across the rest of the pond.

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Potamogeton oakesianus
Potamogeton pusillus
Typha species

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