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.
$60,000 RAISED to DATE FOR 2016 PRESERVATION EFFORTS
Generous contributions from organizations around the lake and many individuals have been received for LQA’s lake preservation efforts. The Give Local campaign exceeded our $10,000 goal for a total of more than $32,000.
Special thanks to:
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US RAISE OVER $32,000 AND EXCEED OUR GOAL ! LQA WAS ONE OF THE TOP 10 FUNDRAISERS THROUGH GIVE LOCAL.
NEW DIRECTORS ELECTED AT ANNUAL MEETING. OFFICERS REELECTED
NEWS AND EVENTS
NAME THE BOAT CONTEST
Help us name our new DASH boat! (See story below). Send us your suggestion for a name via the contact page of this website by August 5. The winner will be invited to our “christening” ceremony in August.
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)
D.A.S.H. BOAT FOR HARVESTING MILFOIL IS LAUNCHED
After many months of effort on the part of the LQA Weed Team, the new DASH boat was launched in mid-July. The hard-working team members, led by Jack Starr, include George Nybakken, Paul Anderson, Matt Holloway and Dave Marshall. They purchased a used pontoon boat, designed the layout of the suction harvesting equipment and ordered the equipment which was mounted onto the boat by Nutmeg Welding. Testing by the team then ensured that the boat and equipment were in perfect order before the suction harvesting team from A& E Diving Services in Vermont arrived. The dive team has noted that the equipment is excellent, allowing significant amounts of milfoil to be harvested daily. A trailer to haul away the milfoil has also been purchased which eliminates the cost of a dumpster.
Funding for the boat and equipment was provided by a $11,500 State of Connecticut DEEP Invasive Weed grant matched by a grant from the Salem Fund at the Connecticut Community Foundation. By owning its own boat, LQA is able to save $8,000 this year in suction harvesting expenses.
MILFOIL CONTROL PLANS FOR 2016
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.