Hatch Pond, Kent
Hatch Pond is a 66-acre lake located in Kent, CT. There is a public boat ramp located on the southeastern shore. The lake is mostly surrounded by forest with only a few houses along the shoreline. The lake is shallowing in the north where it is starting to take on wetland characteristics.
The CAES IAPP 2012 vegetative survey found 15 plant species. Two species were invasive: Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and curlyleaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus). Eurasian watermilfoil was the most dominant plant in the lake, growing most places light reached the bottom of the pond. Curlyleaf pondweed was found growing in large patches around the lake. It was one of the few plants that were growing near the center of lake, along with Eurasian watermilfoil and the native coontail (Ceratophyllum demersum). The shoreline was covered with floating leaf plants: yellow water lily (Nuphar variegata), white water lily (Nymphaea odorata), great duckweed (Spirodela polyrhiza), and watermeal (Wolffia species). Many of the other species found in the lake were found growing with more wetland characteristics, occurring in very shallow water. These plants include green arrow arum (Peltandra virginica), pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata), and cattail (Typha species).
|Species recorded in our 2012 survey of Hatch Pond.
|Canadian waterweed||Flat-Stemmed pondweed||Spineless hornwort|
|Cattail||Great duckweed||Star duckweed|
|Coontail||Green arrow arum||Watermeal|
|Curlyleaf pondweed*||Pickerelweed||White water lily|
|Eurasian watermilfoil*||Sago pondweed||Yellow water lily|