The North American Lake Management Society is holding an international conference this week in Hartford. Researchers and lake managers will discuss ways to protect lakes and ponds that are impaired by development.
University of Connecticut geologist Robert Thorson, who studies lakes and ponds that were created by glaciers is speaking at the conference. Thorson says one of the biggest problems facing lakes in Connecticut is similar to problems plaguing Long Island Sound: too many nutrients going into the water. In the case of lakes, phosphorous, which washes into the water from farms and nurseries, can cause plants like algae to grow excessively, mucking up the water. But lakes are kind of like the Rodney Dangerfield of ecosystems. Thorson says they don’t get enough respect in states where the sea or the mountains dominate.
“More attention is paid to wetlands more attention is paid to estuaries, and more attention is paid to rivers, but when you get down to the small lakes that could be a very important part of a town or a very important part of a state like Connecticut, there just isn’t a lot of attention paid to them.”
The conference will look at controlling phosphorus and nitrogen in lakes, as well as managing invasive species and nuisance algae.