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.
$63,287 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
At the celebration for the launching of LQA’s new suction harvesting boat, the boat was christened the “Anti Millie” by Thyrza Whittemore who won the Name the Boat Contest. Many creative names were received by the committee that selected the winner.
George Frantzis, president of LQA, thanked the Invasive Weed Team: Jack Starr, George Nybakken, Paul Anderson, Matt Holloway and Dave Marshall for their tremendous efforts in purchasing the used pontoon boat and designing the layout for the suction harvesting equipment.
LQA EFFORTS ON INVASIVE WEED CONTROL SHOW PROGRESS
With its new DASH boat manned by the A&E Diving crew from Vermont, LQA was able to harvest seven acres of milfoil this summer in less than three weeks. The channel in Dam Cove, areas along West Shore and the channel in Tylers Cove were cleaned out. In addition a large bed of variable milfoil just south of Big Cove was suction harvested for the first time in preparation for the installation of a boom across Big Cove in 2017. Due to delays in equipping and testing the DASH boat, only three weeks of suction harvesting were completed instead of the planned six weeks. The remaining funds will be carried over to 2017 to aggressively harvest the milfoil around the lake.
Our consultant, George Knoecklein surveyed the lake in September and noted that only a couple of Eurasian milfoil plants were found in Dam Cove and a few by the Highfield beach, indicating that our efforts to eliminate, as much as possible, this very aggressive invasive weed are effective. ( 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.
(See video link of DASH Boat launch -
WATER QUALITY AND CLARITY ARE EXCELLENT
After his review of Lake Quassapaug this fall, LQA’s consultant rated Lake Quassapaug one of the “best in the state” for its water clarity and quality. The heat and drought of the 2016 summer affected Lake Quassapaug less than other lakes in area towns. The 2016 report on water quality and milfoil control will be available from our consultant in December.
Lake Quassapaug water quality continues to be monitored monthly for most of the year by our volunteer Invasive Weeds Committee.
1. Monitoring includes measuring clarity, 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. Samples of storm water input to the lake were taken in spring to test for phosphorus levels. Due to the drought additional samples were not available in the fall.
Education and Prevention - make separate larger heading with same text
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.