Long Meadow Pond has a surface area of 110 acres. It has a maximum depth of 7 feet and an average depth of 4.2 feet. At the northern end of the lake is an earthen dam. With the exception of the northern half of the eastern shore that is forested, the area around Long Meadow Pond is mostly developed. Most of the houses do not have shoreline buffers. Public boat access is controlled by the Long Meadow Pond Association. Twenty-two aquatic plants were found in Long Meadow Pond during our July 2005 survey with only Potamogeton crispus being invasive .
The north end of Long Meadow Pond was covered mostly by floating-leaved plants, Brasenia schreberi, Nymphaea odorata and Nuphar variegata. Ceratophyllum demersum, Elodea canadensis, Potamogeton amplifolius and the Potamogeton crispus were found growing underneath the floating plants.
A number of submerged species were observed growing in mixed patches along the eastern shore including; Najas guadalupensis, Elodea canadensis, Ceratophyllum demersum, Ludwigia palustris, Potamogeton amplifolius, Potamogeton epihydrus, Potamogeton spirillus, Vallisneria americana , Utricularia gibba, Pontederia cordata, Potamogeton crispus and Charaphyte. Potamogeton crispus was more abundant along the southern half of the eastern shore. Several large patches of Brasenia schreberi also occurred in this area as did a patch of Nymphaea odorata. Utricularia vulgaris was observed growing under the Brasenia schreberi plants.
Floating-leaved plants including; Nymphaea odorata and Nuphar variegata were sparse on the west side of the lake, except near the southern end, where Brasenia schreberi was abundant. Submerged plants occurred in small patches of mixed species along the lake’s western shore. These submerged species included Ceratophyllum demersum, Isoëtes echinospora , Najas flexilis, Najas guadalupensis, Elodea canadensis, Potamogeton epihydrus, Potamogeton amplifolius, Potamogeton spirillus, Potamogeton crispus, Sparganium sp., Utricularia gibba, Utricularia intermedia, Vallisneria americana and Charaphyte.
The southern cove of the lake had few species. The most abundant was Potamogeton amplifolius followed by Brasenia schreberi, Ceratophyllum demersum, Eleocharis acicularis, Nymphaea odorata and Nuphar variegata.
Most of the bottom of Longmeadow Lake supported plant growth. Nymphaea odorata, Nuphar variegata, Najas guadalupensis, Potamogeton amplifolius, Utricularia vulgaris and Charaphyte mostly were found in the northern half of the lake and Najas guadalupensis, Potamogeton crispus and Charaphyte in the southern half. Several smaller patches of Ceratophyllum demersum also were recorded in the deeper water.
Other Long Meadow Pond Surveys: 2012 Survey
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