Welcome to Our Website
Welcome to the Lake Quassapaug Association website. The mission of the lake association is to preserve the
lake’s high water quality and promote responsible enjoyment of the lake.
$57,000 RAISED FOR 2015 PRESERVATION EFFORTS
Generous contributions from every organization around the lake and many individuals have been received for LQA’s lake preservation efforts.
Special thanks to:
* Quassy Amusement Park for its generous gift of $3872
* Middlebury Swim Club for their donation and assistance with the Give Local Campaign that raised nearly $6000
* Quassapaug Sailing Center for $2538 from its club fundraiser and donation
* Middlebury Land Trust for the second year of a $3000 gift
* Tylers Cove Association and Sportsman’s Club for their $3000 donations
* Outing Club for its first time support
* Sandy Beach Club, Flanders Nature Center and White Deer Rock Corporation/Highfield for their continued support.
Your donations have made our milfoil control efforts using non-chemical methods possible!!
LQA RECEIVES MAJOR GRANT FOR CONTROL
OF INVASIVE WEEDS
The Lake Quassapaug Association has received a major grant from the Salem Foundation Fund at the Connecticut Community Foundation to preserve the lake in future years. The grant will enable LQA to actively address with natural and chemical free suction harvesting methods the intensive infestation of milfoil and maintain the lake’s high water quality.
“My family, which established the Salem Foundation, has enjoyed the many recreational and aesthetic benefits of Lake Quassapaug for over one hundred years”, notes Thryza Whittemore. “We are committed to protecting this lake so that future generations can also benefit from it as we have.”
GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES OVER $4000 TO BENEFIT LQA
Our thanks to all the generous sponsors for LQA’s first benefit golf tournament and to those who organized the event.
Lunch Sponsor: LF Powers Co.
Golf Course Sponsor: Highfield Club
Flag & Hole Sponsors:
Steve & Heidi Ball
Dana D’Angelo Law Offices
Gordon & Justine Frisbie
Bruce & Cheryl Garthwait
Kernan, Scully & McDonald LLP
Lake Quassapaug Outing Club
Joy Lunan DDS
Quassy Amusement Park
Hole Sponsor: Naugatuck Family Chiorpractic
Flag Sponsor: Kristen Kenausis
Organizers: Keith Goodson, Stephanie McDonald, Mara Ford, Jennifer Gowan
NEWS AND EVENTS
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US EXCEED OUR GOAL !
LAKE QUASSAPAUG RECEIVES STATE GRANT
Lake Quassapaug has received an $11,500 State of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Invasive Aquatic Weed Prevention Grant. The grant, which is administered by the Town of Middlebury, will be used to purchase and equip a suction harvesting “DASH” boat and a containment boom to be placed across the mouth of Big Cove.
LQA EFFORTS ON INVASIVE WEED CONTROL SHOW PROGRESS
After completing his annual weed survey in early October 2015, LQA’s consultant, George Knoecklein, indicated that LQA was making good progress with its milfoil removal program. He found only one plant of Eurasian milfoil and the variable milfoil areas that were suction harvested had little regrowth. With this positive assessment, LQA’s Board of Directors has voted to redouble its efforts in 2016. ( See Knoecklein report under Publications)
PLANS FOR 2016
With the grant funds from the State of CT and the matching funds from the Salem Fund, LQA will focus on two projects in 2016 to accelerate the control of invasive milfoil.
Lake Quassapaug water quality will continue to be monitored monthly for most of the year by our volunteer Invasive Weeds Committee.
1. Monitoring includes measuring temperature and dissolved oxygen from top to very bottom.
2. Water samples from 5 depths (1, 6, 12, 16, and 19 meter water depths), are taken for analysis of total phosphorus concentrations.
3. Locations of storm water input to the lake will be identified and samples taken to test for phosphorus from four storm water inputs around the lake.
Education and Prevention
Preserving Lake Quassapaug is as much about preventing problems as it is about addressing issues after they have occurred. Although our phosphorus concentrations currently are within the recommended limits, we are on the borderline (See Knoecklein report) and need to do all we can to limit phosphorus input to the lake. Native plant gardens can limit degradation of the lake. Storm water run off can be checked for excess phosphorus.
Deterring other, even more detrimental, invasive weeds from entering the lake requires education for boat owners and lake residents in spotting and eliminating such invasives. Anyone interested in serving on the Education and Prevention Committee or helping with these innovative projects, please send a message on our Contact page.