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.
2021 GIVE LOCAL CAMPAIGN
Thank you for your generous donations in past years. For 2021 donations to Give Local for LQA’s suction harvesting and consultant expenses for monitor water clarity are greatly appreciated. Online donations for Give Local can be made from 7 AM on April 20 through 7 PM on April 21 at the Give Local website: www.givelocalccf.org. Donations to Give Local make LQA eligible for prizes and bonuses.
Donations can also be made at any time during the year by sending a check to :
Lake Quassapaug Association
PO Box 285
Middlebury, CT 06762
or by clicking the THANK YOU FOR DONATING NOW BUTTON.
HOW CAN WE HELP PRESERVE LAKE QUASSAPAUG?
REDUCE PHOSPHORUS AND NITROGEN FLOWING INTO THE LAKE
Most of the threats to Lake Quassapaug including: milfoil, reduced water clarity and quality can be tied, at least in part, to the high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen in the lake. These nutrients lead directly to excessive plant growth as well as the rise of cyanobacteria. The problems are being exacerbated by the increase in annual temperatures. All residents in the lake’s watershed are urged to reduce these nutrients by:
NEWS AND EVENTS
2021 ANNUAL MEETING
The LQA Board of Directors plans to hold its annual meeting sometime in the summer . If possible, the meeting will be held lakeside in person. We will keep our members posted on the date and location.
2020 NORTHEAST AQUATIC RESEARCH REPORT AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE
HOW CAN WE HELP PRESERVE
LQA has been very successful in reducing the milfoil in our lake and in monitoring its water quality. Our consultants from NEAR indicate that LQA is the only lake they are aware of in Connecticut that is managing the milfoil invasion successfully through suction harvesting. In addition Lake Quassapaug has some of the best water quality in CT, but the 2019 testing results outlined on pages 2-3 of this newsletter show areas of concern with the water quality. What can we do to continue preservation of the lake?
NUTRIENT TESTING RESULTS IN 2019
Nutrient testing for phosphorus and nitrogen is undertaken at the deepest point in the lake from April to October by either NEAR or LQA volunteers. In 2019 there were thirteen readings of concern for phosphorus and nitrogen levels especially in July-September
These nutrients feed plants, including the milfoil LQA is trying to minimize , and therefore the high readings directly counter our suction harvesting efforts. Cyanobacteria blooms are also more common at higher than optimal phosphorus readings.
WATER QUALITY AND CLARITY
After June sightings in the lake of possible cyanobacteria, LQA sent photos to NEAR and asked them to visit and check the outbreak. Sampling of the water showed very low amounts of cyanobacteria with pine pollen and other algae making up most of the samples, but NEAR indicated that the outbreak did appear to represent a localized cyanobacteria bloom. “ Such small scale blooms can be the result of suction harvesting or hydro-raking and are usually small in size and last only a few hours. Small blooms can be toxic and could still produce toxins at levels harmful to human or pet health.”
VOLUNTEERS are always NEEDED
As a volunteer organization we welcome assistance from all who are interested in preserving Lake Quassapaug. Join dedicated volunteers in tasks such as gathering water samples, working with our consultants, communicating with our members or other involvement that meets your interests. Please send us an email on the Contact page of this website or contact any of our Directors directly.