Water Quality

Q2  2016 Mascoma Lake Water Quality Report*
By Jim Martel 

Parameter6/24/20166/16/20156/19/2014NH MedianLong Term
Trend
Secchi Disk, m 2.9 2.7 4.25 3.2 Slowly
Improving
Chlorophyll-a, µg/L 4.56 3.45 1.63 4.58 Stable
Phosphorus, µg/L
Epilimnion (upper)
Hypolimnion (lower)

7.0
9.0

8.0
13.0

9.0
13.0

12
14

Stable
Turbidity, NTU
Epilimnion (upper)
Hypolimnion (lower)

1.12
0.99

1.09
1.51

0.86
2.13

N/A

No sig.
Change
PH
Epilimnion (upper)
Hypolimnion (lower)

7.35
6.54

6.58
6.37

6.97
6.31

6.6

No sig.
Change
Acid Neutralizing
Capacity, mg/L

Epilimnion (upper)


9.7


9.4


10.3


4.9

No sig.
Change
Conductivity,
µmhos/cm

Epilimnion (upper)
Hypolimnion (lower)


72.0
67.5


70.5
68.5


68.7
62.7


40.0


Stable

* Samples taken from Station 1 Deep Spot.

Some Things You Can Do To Improve Lake Water Quality
    •Use cleaning products containing no phosphates.
    •Use only zero phosphate fertilizer on your lawn.
    •Reduce and/or redirect storm water running off your property. for more info  Click here
    •Leave the shoreline and nearshore area in its natural state. Conversely, restore altered shorelines to a more natural state.
    •Don’t feed the waterfowl.
    •Don’t dump sand in the lake.
Mascoma Lake Reports PDF:
http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/vlap/annual_reports/2013/documents/mascoma-enfield.pdf

To get a report on water quality inspections on ML beaches:

http://www2.des.state.nh.us/WaterShed_BeachMaps/WaterShed_BeachMaps.aspx

 

 

 

Mascoma Lake Association  PO Box 9  Enfield, New Hampshire  03748  mla@mascomalakeassociation.org

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