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2005 Aquatic Plant Survey of Horse Pond

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Transect Data (234 KB, .pdf format*) | Water Data

   Horse Pond is a 13.2 acre body of water bordered on the northeastern side by Route 85, and the remainder by state forest.  The maximum depth is 17 feet and the mean depth is 12 feet.  There are no residential structures along the shoreline and most of it is wooded.  There is a public boat launch on the eastern side of the pond, and no gas-powered motors are allowed.  The pond is also one used as a water source for fire trucks.

   In our August 2005 survey Nymphaea odorata was the most widespread aquatic plant, found on all sides of the lake and heavily concentrated along the northwestern and southeastern shores.  Horse Pond did not have any invasive aquatic plants at the time of the survey.

   Vegetation was found in smaller patches around the shoreline in depths less than 9 feet included; Utricularia purpurea, Utricularia vulgaris and an unidentified sedge,  Brasenia schreberi, Nuphar variegata, Potamogeton pulcher and Utricularia radiata were found on the north side.  Brasenia schreberi also was found on the south side along with Potamogeton epihydrus and Najas flexilisNajas flexilis and Nuphar variegata also were found on the east side of that lake along with Elodea nuttallii, Eriocaulon aquaticum, Potamogeton bicupulatus , Ceratophyllum echinatum and Utricularia intermedia, which was found on the west side as well.

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Species recorded in our 2005 survey of Horse Pond. Click on plant to view herbarium mount. (Invasive species in bold).

Brasenia schreberi

Ceratophyllum echinatum

Elodea nuttallii

Eriocaulon aquaticum

Najas flexilis

Nuphar variegata

Nymphaea odorata

Potamogeton bicupulatus

Potamogeton epihydrus

Potamogeton pulcher

Unidentified sedge

Utricularia intermedia

Utricularia purpurea

Utricularia radiata

Utricularia vulgaris


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