Spofford Lake Association

On October 16, 2018, Brea Arvidson from Solitude Lake Management conducted its annual vegetation survey of Spofford Lake and once again found no invasive exotic plants! (See the complete report above.)

We asked Solitude to pay particular attention to three areas of concern as part of their primary focus for the 2018 survey: west of the launch, the cottages (east of launch/near Spofford Lake beach), and a general heightened presence of tapegrass (Vallisneria sp. likely V. americana). 

"Based on the 2018 survey, the aquatic plant assemblage in Spofford Lake appears unchanged relative to previous survey years. No exotic aquatic species have been identified in the lake since the first survey was performed in 2012 – undoubtedly due, in part, to the commitment of SLA and their volunteers. The maintenance of sandy beach areas seems to have contributed to habitat alteration and extension of sandy bottom in the lake."

You can help prevent invasive species from fouling our Lake. The lake’s ecology, your recreation and your property values depend on keeping Spofford Lake free from invasive species

Exotic aquatic plants, like milfoil, can pose a serious risk to the ecological, economic and recreational  values of water bodies.  Prevention and early detection are the best means of protecting water bodies from these invasive species.  Early detection can be achieved through regular monitoring of water bodies through the Weed Watch Program.  Monitoring just once a month from May through September can help lake residents find new infestations early before they become problematic. 

To learn what our neighbors have had to do, go to the Lake Fairlee Association blog, http://blog.lakefairlee.org/  Look under ‘Milfoil Eradication on the right…Look at ”Suction Harvesting” for one view of the future...

The attached  DES  slide presentation, "Aquatic Plants of Spofford Lake",  provides a comprehensive description of native and invasive plants living in this habitat.