Hatch Pond, Kent
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Hatch Pond is a 66 acre lake located in Kent, CT. There is a public boat ramp located on the southeastern shore. The lake is mostly surrounded by forest with only a few houses along the shoreline. The lake is shallowing in the north, where it is starting to take on wetland characteristics.
The CAES IAPP 2012 vegetative survey found 15 plant species. Two species were invasive: Myriophyllum spicatum (Eurasian watermilfoil) and Potamogeton crispus (Curlyleaf pondweed). M. spicatum was the most dominant plant in the lake, growing most places light reached the bottom of the pond. P. crispus was found growing in large patches around the lake. It was one of the few plants that were growing near the center of lake (along with M. spicatum and the native Ceratophyllum demersum ). The shoreline was covered with floating leaf plants: Nuphar variegata, Nymphaea odorata, Spirodela polyrhiza, and Wollfia species . Many of the other species found in the lake were found growing with more wetland characteristics, occurring in very shallow water. This plants include: Peltandra virginia, Pontederia cordata, and Typha species.
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