Phosphate levels in the pond last summer were elevated. This can be caused by decomposing organic matter, by runoff from adjacent areas, or other sources. Because phosphates lead to algae and weed proliferation, the Board has been investigating various options for treating the pond for clearer water.
Before going through the expensive process of filing for the necessary permits for various treatment options, the Board has contracted New England Environmental to test this summer to pinpoint the extent and source of our phosphate problem.
The goal of the testing is to help the Board pinpoint the extent and source of phosphorus at the pond contributing to the amount of algae and weeds each year.