Laurel Lake, New Hartford - 2012
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Laurel Lake is a 16 acre lake located in New Hartford, CT. It is a private lake with access only to homeowners on the lake and members of the lake associations. A dam is on the northern end of the lake. An private beach for lake association members is located in the middle of the eastern shore.
The CAES IAPP 2012 survey found thirteen species in Laurel Lake. One species was invasive, Najas minor (brittle waternymph). It was found growing co-dominately in the shallow southern portion of the lake and the northwest corner. A native species, Vallisneria americana (wild celery), was the most dominant species in the lake and was growing in very high abundance. A large patch was found along the eastern shore that extended almost halfway across the lake. Eleocharis species (spikerush) was also found frequently around the shore of the lake. The only part of the shoreline where the plant did not exist was the very southwestern shoreline.
The shallow southern area of the lake was the most species rich area of the lake. All of the species were found growing there except Sagittaria species (arrowhead) and Ludwigia species (water primrose). The eastern shore of the lake was the least species rich area, with mostly shallow water plants growing there.
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