Impacts of the 7/11/2019 Mascoma River upstream wash-out
Data gathered before (6/27/19), right after (7/16/19) and a year
later (6/16/20) seperated in columns below by forward slash /
|70 / 170 / 50||0.73 / 11.6 / 0.74||12.4 / 24.0 / 10.0|
|2m deep||– – –||0.64 / 3.4 / 0.8||8.6 / 18.0 / 7.0|
|9m deep||– – –||0.73 / 3.5 / 1.7||12.4 / 14.0 / 12.0|
|– – –||1.98 / 3.5 / 2.73||12.6 / 18.0 / 15.00|
|Secchi Disk = 2.75m = 9ft / 1.0m =3ft / 3.5m = 11.5ft|
Water Quality Terms:
COLOR (Water Clarity): Clear 0-25 / Light Tea-Color 25-40 / Tea Color 40-75
Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness or lack of clarity of water, caused by the scattering or absorption of light by sediment, algae, or other particulates suspended in water. Chronic and high levels of turbidity can impair designated uses such as aquatic life and primary recreation (swimming). Turbidity is measured in Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU).
Phosphorus – is an essential element for plant life, but when there is too much of it in water, it can speed up eutrophication (a reduction in dissolved oxygen in water bodies caused by an increase of mineral and organic nutrients) of rivers and lakes. Soil erosion is a major contributor of phosphorus to streams. Bank erosion occurring during floods can transport a lot of phosphorous from the river banks and adjacent land into a stream, lake, or other water body.
Secchi disk – an 8-inch diameter disk with alternating black and white quadrants that is lowered into the water column until it can no longer be seen from the surface. The point at which the disk disappears is a function of the lake turbidity.
Volunteer Lake Assessment Program:
Q2 2022 Mascoma Lake Water Quality Report*
By Jim Martel
|Parameter||7/19/2022||7/20/2021||NH Median||Long Term
|Secchi Disk, m||3.10||2.6||3.3||Slowly
* 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 on Stormwater Management 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.
To get a report on water quality inspections on ML beaches click HERE