Pond and Lake Stewardship

Three Bays Preservation water monitoring

Pond and Lake Stewardship

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition

The 2017 Pond and Lake Stewardship (PALS) program was the busiest to date for BCWC. Along with nine ponds in the Three Bays watershed, BCWC added an additional 14 ponds to sample throughout the town of Barnstable. The ponds sampled range in depths from less than half a meter to over 19 meters. When collecting the PALS water quality data, we record depth, water clarity, water color, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and vegetation growth. We also collect water samples from each pond to test total phosphorus, total nitrogen, chlorophyll a, and pH. With the help of BCWC volunteers, we were able to sample all 23 ponds by the end of September.

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