Author Archives: froglady

Using macroinvertebrates as indicators of lake health

By Tom Abare (’15) and Ben Timm ( ’14) This summer as members of the Belgrade Lake’s Sustainability Project Research Team, we have been investigating the effects of best management practices (BMPs) for developed shoreline lots on the species diversity and abundance of macroinvertebrate communities of the Belgrade lakes. These organisms vary in their tolerance to…

Assessing Plankton Trends in Great Pond Using FlowCAM® Technology

By Marianne Ferguson ’14, Savannah Judge ’15, Sarah Large ‘14 As you may have seen in previous blog posts, Colby College recently deployed a high frequency monitoring buoy into Great Pond, affectionately known as Goldie, that relays environmental data to the website http://web.colby.edu/lakes/ every 15 minutes. Two features of this buoy are the photosynthetically active…

Keep the buffers!

Tom Abare (’15, Colby College) collecting sediment sample By Gian Perani (’14, Colby College) Quantifying the effects of buffering lakefront property has been the priority of the research group led by Russ Cole and Cathy Bevier this summer.  Surveys of littoral and riparian zones have confirmed that residential properties with at least a buffer strip,…

Watershed Workshop

Local K-12 educators and Colby students worked with Phil Mulville, Lake Educator with the Maine Congress of Lake Associations (Maine COLA), and Tom Mullin, COLA’s Education Director, in a workshop developed to introduce teachers to education programs that focus on aquatic invasive species and ecological aspects of the Belgrade Lakes. Educators for students in grades…