Objectives/Activities of the Water Quality Committee
Our water quality goals for the lake are clarity: 2 meters or greater, total Phosphorus .020 mg. / l or less, zero microcysis from cyanobacteria algae, and trophic index to be categorized as Mesotrophic throughout summer. These goals are supported by limiting the influx of both Nitrogen and Phosphorus to the lake. The Normanoch Board of Directors has endorsed these goals. It will require reversing a decades’ long trend of worsening water quality in order to meet these stretch goals. Every one of these goals is linked to reducing nutrients from both watershed and in-lake recirculation. They are long term goals and it will require time and cooperation by our entire lake membership. We as a team with the Normanoch backing must help our membership support these goals through education and volunteer effort. There is no doubt we will achieve these goals. For 2015, the following activities of the Water Quality Committee are in support of reaching these goals.
- Continue weekly water monitoring of Dissolved Oxygen (DO) and temperature. Obtain periodic (monthly) samples at depth for lab chemistry and planktonic analysis. Continue storm event sampling of selected storm drains and forward results to Princeton Hydro.
- Complete a comprehensive inventory of the storm water catchment and drainage system.
- Research lake friendly plantings and conduct a “Best Lake- friendly Waterfront” contest to educate and change membership awareness.
- Promote water quality education to all members through two seminars (one each in July and August). Round table discussion and Q&A.
- Conduct shoreline survey during early July and follow-up sampling as required to identify hotspots.
- Develop a septic system database.
- Develop a map of topographic contours of the bottom of lake. ( For future database on siltation rate)
- Monitor for invasive weed species and conduct a comprehensive survey to map weed specie and density.
- Fish survey/fish stocking. Continue fishermen’s catch reporting and scale sampling.