Staffordville Reservoir, Stafford Springs - 2012

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   Staffordville Reservoir is a 149 acre lake located in Stafford Springs, CT. The south and east shoreline are more heavily developed than the north and west shoreline where it is thickly wooded.  A public beach is located in the southern end of the lake.

   The 2012 CAES IAPP survey was a resurvey conducted by IAPP in 2005.  In both surveys Staffordville Reservoir was found to be species rich.  In 2012 two more species of plants were found than in 2005; 29 vs. 27. Although no invasive species were present in 2005, Egeria densa, an invasive, was found in 2012. It was the only invasive species found. It was found growing thickly in both the southern cove and the northern portion of the lake. 

   The most species dense area of the lake was the northern cove.  Here, similar to 2005, floating leaf plants such as Brasenia schreberi, Nuphar variegata, and Nymphaea odorata dominated the upper half of the cove.  Various native Utricularia species were also growing with the floating plants.  The lower half of the cove was dominated by the natives Proserpinaca palustris and Vallisneria americana.  Various shoreline species were growing around the perimeter of the cove.

   The long eastern shoreline was more populated than the western shoreline.  Most of the shoreline was occupied by the low growing natives Gratiola aurea and Sagittaria species.  The southern shore of the lake had diverse, abundant growths of much of the plants that were found in the survey.  This differs from the 2005 survey where little patches of a few plants were found.  Overall, Staffordville Reservoir is supporting a large amount of aquatic vegetation that is occupying more of the littoral zone than the 2005 survey revealed. 

Other Staffordville Reservoir Surveys:  2005 Survey

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Species recorded in our 2012 survey of Staffordville Reservoir. Click on plant to view herbarium mount. (invasive species in bold)
Brasenia schreberi
Ceratophyllum echinatum
Elatine minima
Eleocharis acicularis
Elodea nuttallii
Eriocaulon aquaticum
Gratiola aurea
Isoetes species
Najas gracillima
Pontederia cordata
Potamogeton epihydrus
Potamogeton natans
Sagittaria species
Utricularia gibba
Utricularia macrorhiza
Utricularia minima
Utricularia purpurea
Utricularia radiata
Vallisneria americana

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