Invasive Plant Management Plans

Invasive Plant Management Plans Invasive Plant Management Plans provide guidelines and recommendations for the management of one or more invasive species spanning several years into the future. We collect substantial data about the current state of the lake by conducted one or more aquatic plant surveys and conducting water quality monitoring. We also attempt to… Continue reading Invasive Plant Management Plans

Cyanobacteria Identification, Cell Counts & Toxin Analysis

Cyanobacteria Identification, Cell Counts & Toxin Analysis Cyanobacteria (blue green algae) is one of the leading issues in lakes around the world. All lakes have some cyanobacteria, but high nutrient levels lead to cyanobacteria blooms. Cyanobacteria is a cause for concern because some species produce toxins. Our services include cyanobacteria sample collection, identification, cell counting… Continue reading Cyanobacteria Identification, Cell Counts & Toxin Analysis

EPA 9-Point Watershed-Based Plans

EPA 9-Point Watershed-Based Plans Northeast Aquatic Research develops watershed plans that are eligible for funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Under the 1972 Clean Water Act, states are required to produce a list of impaired waterbodies, which do not meet the state standards for water quality. For these impaired waters, states… Continue reading EPA 9-Point Watershed-Based Plans

Seepage Surveys

Seepage Surveys for Septic System Impairment Studies Seepage surveys are valuable for determining the sources of nutrients entering the lake from the groundwater. Seepage surveys consist of gathering water samples from the seeps around the perimeter of the lake. The water samples are tested for the presence and abundance of several nutrients, including nitrogen and… Continue reading Seepage Surveys

Education and Outreach

Education and Outreach    Northeast Aquatic Research strongly believes in the importance of outreach. Recently, NEAR participated in a variety of events that involved educating the community:   White Memorial Family Nature Day (Bantam, CT) Educational workshops on invasive aquatic plant identification (Towns of Vernon and Bolton, CT White Memorial BioBlitz (Bantam, CT) Training in lake… Continue reading Education and Outreach

Bathymetric Mapping

Bathymetric Mapping A bathymetric map uses contour lines to depict the submerged terrain of a waterbody in the same way that a topographic map depicts the terrain of a landscape. Bathymetric maps are important for water quality monitoring because monitoring is generally conducted at the location in the lake where the water is deepest, dubbed… Continue reading Bathymetric Mapping

Sediment Testing

Sediment Testing The sediment at the bottom of lakes can heavily affect the lake’s water quality. Nutrients that are trapped in the sediment are released into the lake water under anoxic conditions so high nutrients concentrations in the sediment often lead to high nutrient concentrations in the lake water. Sediment testing, which involves collecting a… Continue reading Sediment Testing


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Water Quality Monitoring

Monitoring Components Overview   In order to obtain sufficient data about a waterbody, water quality monitoring must be conducted at least once per month from April through October. During each of these monitoring trips, the following data is collected: Water Clarity (Secchi Disk) Water clarity is one of the most fundamental aspects of lake health… Continue reading Water Quality Monitoring

Aquatic Plant Surveys

Aquatic Plant Surveys and Mapping Aquatic plant surveys consist of examining a waterbody’s littoral zone (the area where plants have the ability to grow) and identifying all aquatic plant species that are present, as well as determining the frequency and abundance of each species. Each survey is adapted to meet the specific needs of each lake… Continue reading Aquatic Plant Surveys