West Hill Pond, New Hartford - 2012
West Hill Pond
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   West Hill Pond is a public, man-made pond located in New Hartford, CT.  It is a 245 acre pond managed by the West Hill Pond Association, there is a private beach for members only located on the southwestern shoreline of the pond and a public boat ramp managed by the CT DEEP on the northern portion of the lpond with restrictions of an 8 HP limit, a 15 MPH maximum speed limit, and no water-skiing.

   The CAES IAPP 2012 survey of West Hill Pond is a resurvey from our 2005 initial survey (2005 survey).  In 2005, 19 species of aquatic plants were found with one invasive species, Potamogeton crispus (curlyleaf pondweed) located in small abundance in a cove on the western shoreline.  The 2012 survey of West Hill Pond found 18 species of aquatic plants none of which were invasive.  Potamogeton crispus grows rapidly in the spring and dies off each summer. Thus it is often not found in summer surveys as perfromed here. It could still be present if looked for in the spring. There was not one dominant species found growing in the pond, but, many shoreline plants growing co-dominantly around the pond including Elatine minima (small waterwort), Sagittaria species (arrowhead), Lobelia dortmanna (Dortmann's cardinalflower), and Eleocharis acicularis (needle spikerush).  Two floating plants were found, Nuphar variegata (yellow water lily) and Nymphaea odorata (white water lily).

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Species recorded in our 2012 survey of West Hill Pond. Click on plant to view herbarium mount. (invasive species in bold)
Najas flexilis
Nymphaea odorata
Pontederia cordata
Potamogeton bicupulatus
Potamogeton robbinsii
Potamogeton spirillus
Vallisneria americana

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