West Side Pond, Goshen - 2005
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   The south shore of 41.9 acre West Side Pond is residentially developed, as is much of the western shore. Much of the northern shore remains wooded. A stream enters the pond from the northeast and there is a dam at the pond’s southern end.

   West Side Pond supports lush growth of many species of aquatic plants. They were particularly dense in shallow water around the edges of the pond during our September 2005 survey. Floating-leaved species dominated the shallows, with white water lily (Nymphaea odorata) growing most abundantly along the pond’s northern shore and occurring with yellow water-lily (Nuphar variegata) on the northeast end. The Nymphaea occurred with watershield (Brasenia schreberi) along the southern shore. Floating heart (Nymphoides cordata) grew in shallow water along the northwest shore, occurring with Nuphar and Nymphaea.


   Deeper water was dominated by Robbins pondweed (Potamogeton robbinsii), which extended to a depth of 13 feet (4 m) around much of the pond. Large leaf pondweed (Potamogeton amplifolius) was very abundant in deeper water at the northern end of the lake and occurred in scattered patches elsewhere. Other pondweeds were less abundant, although variable leaf pondweed (Potamogeton gramineus) occurred in large patches along the eastern side of the pond. No plants were growing in the deepest water of the pond, which reaches a maximum depth of 32 feet (10 m) and has a mean depth of 15 feet (4.5 m).


   One invasive species, the Eurasian water-milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) was recorded, growing in several locations in the pond’s northern end.  A great many other aquatic plants were recorded in small, widely scattered patches. Among these species were pipewort (Eriocaulon aquaticum), coontail (Ceratophyllum demersum), American elodea (Elodea Canadensis), purple bladderwort ( Utricularia purpurea) and several pondweed species.

Other West Side Pond Surveys: 2012 Survey


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

Brasenia schreberi

Ceratophyllum demersum

Eleocharis acicularis

Elodea canadensis

Eriocaulon aquaticum

Myriophyllum spicatum

Najas flexilis

Nuphar variegata

Nymphaea odorata

Nymphoides cordata

Potamogeton amplifolius

Potamogeton bicupulatus

Potamogeton epihydrus

Potamogeton gramineus

Potamogeton natans

Potamogeton pusillus

Potamogeton robbinsii

Potamogeton zosteriformis

Sagittaria sp.

Utricularia purpurea

Vallisneria americana

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