Vegetation Survey Report
On October 15, 2019, Brea Arvidson from Solitude Lake Management conducted its annual vegetation survey of Spofford Lake and once again found no invasive exotic plants! (See the complete report below.)
We asked Solitude to pay particular attention to three areas of concern as part of their primary focus for the 2019 survey: west of the launch, the cottages (east of launch/near Spofford Lake beach), and a general heightened presence of tapegrass (Vallisneria sp. likely V. americana). We asked them to pay particular attention as water chestnut was found in the lake this year.
“Based on the 2019 survey, the aquatic plant assemblage in Spofford Lake appears unchanged relative to previous survey years. No exotic aquatic species were observed in the survey — undoubtedly due to the commitment of SLA and their volunteers.”
You can help prevent invasive species from fouling our Lake. The lake’s ecology, the quality of your recreation and your property values depend on keeping Spofford Lake free from invasive species.
Exotic aquatic plants, like milfoil, can pose a serious risk to the ecological, economic and recreational values of water bodies. Prevention and early detection are the best means of protecting water bodies from these invasive species. Early detection can be achieved through regular monitoring of water bodies through the Weed Watch Program. Monitoring just once a month from May through September can help lake residents find new infestations early before they become problematic.
To learn what our neighbors have had to do, go to the Lake Fairlee Association blog. Look under ‘Milfoil Eradication on the right…Look at “Suction Harvesting” for one view of the future...
The attached DES slide presentation, “Aquatic Plants of Spofford Lake”, provides a comprehensive description of native and invasive plants living in this habitat.