Long Meadow Lake Management Committee
CARE AND FEEDING OF THE WATERSHED
Q: What is a watershed anyway?
A: No matter where you live, work, or play, you are in a watershed. A watershed is a geographic area in which all the water running off the land drains to a specific location -- in our case, Long Meadow Lake.
A water quality monitoring program will track changes in the lake over time. This will help to identify new issues that should be addressed, and track the results of management techniques. Information that we gather may include thermal stratification, dissolved oxygen, phosphorus and nitrogen concentrations, water transparency and alkalinity.
During the winter months, the water level
may be lowered up to four
feet, exposing 25% of the lake bottom. This will allow those areas
to freeze, killing rooted aquatic plants.
The water level should go
down slowly to allow for the migration of certain aquatic species such
as muscles, crayfish, turtles and amphibians to migrate to deeper water.
The drawdown should be
followed by chemical treatment.
The sediment in Long
Meadow is loose and uncompacted and is about 87% water and 13% solids. The soft sediment is a result of storm water runoff and the
decomposition of organic materials, primarily aquatic plants. A successful
drawdown will also result in sediment compaction and will allow for
sediment removal. Maintenance to structures such as docks and wall
will become facilitated as a result of the drawdown.
The success of the
drawdown is partially dependent on the weather. A warm, wet winter will
result in fewer positive impacts. We believe that the installation of a pipe/valve
system in the existing dam would provide a safe, controlled method of
drawdown permanently. Currently it is an above ground
The Long Meadow Lake
Management Committee has received tremendous support from the community,
the Bethlehem municipality, and from many other similarly focused
organizations including the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition and the
Northwest Conservation District.
The LMLMC is a member of
the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS).
You can contact the LMLMC via chairman Richard Napiello: (203) 266-7510 - Please leave a message