Location and Acreage:
Pembroke, MA | 220-Acres
2012 to 2016
Colin Gosselin, Aquatic Biologist and Territory Leader
This pond is a relatively shallow, 220-acre pond located in an urbanized watershed and is part of a larger system, which includes a neighboring pond. Unlike the neighboring pond, this property is habitat for two endangered freshwater invertebrates: the Tidewater Mucket and Eastern Pond Mussel.
Scope of Work:
After numerous seasons of problematic microscopic algae growth, which occasionally closed the pond to recreational (swimming and boating) activities, SOLitude sought to preemptively control the algae blooms as opposed to reacting when a bloom was occurring. In the summer of 2012, SOLitude developed a treatment plan, including the desired dosing, treatment methodology, and monitoring plan of both the waterbody and protected freshwater mussels. The single low-dose whole-pond treatment of 236 acres was successful and stripped approximately 50% of the available phosphorus from the water column. A similar approach with a follow-up targeted low-dose treatment of target areas was implemented in 2013. Algae levels, while sometimes elevated, have not reached the thresholds required to close the pond to recreational activities. No adverse impacts to native mussels or fish populations have been observed.
In support of our belief that lakes and ponds are a precious natural resource requiring protection, SOLitude is committed to providing sustainable and renewable solutions that maintain ecological balance in the workplace and beyond.
When you partner with SOLitude, a dedicated field technician visits your lake or pond twice a month, leveraging extensive knowledge and training to carefully maintain ecological balance and preserve the appearance of your aquatic property.
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