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Long, Buck and Cranberry Ponds have very high concentrations of total phosphorus and chlorophyll .a; that is, they have high levels of a nutrient that stimulates the growth of microscopic and macroscopic plants. This results in an overabundance of microscopic plant life as indicated by the exceedingly high chlorophyll levels observed. Long Pond appears to be the most productive followed by Buck Pond and then Cranberry Pond. Round Pond has relatively low chlorophyll and phosphorus levels compared to the other ponds. R.ound Pond does not appear to be impacted by cultural eutrophication. Compared to nearby Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Conesus Lake, Long, Buck and Cranberry Ponds are hypereutrophic. These results suggest that Long, Buck and Cranberry Ponds are receiving excessive amounts of nutrients from either the watershed or through auto-fertilization or both. Point and non-point sources of nutrients within the watershed should be identified through stress stream analysis (i.e. segment analysis of the stream) as a prelude to remedial action and the establishment of best management practices. The shallowness of these ponds does not preclude the problem of wind generated mixing of the phosphorus laden seditnents (i.e. auto-fertilization) after any remediation.

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[Brockport, N.Y. : J. Makarewicz], 1994.


Environmental Sciences


Environmental Science & Biology

Water Quality of Long, Cranberry, Buck and Round Ponds 1993 -1994