On Wednesday, June 17th, at 7pm, the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) will host a discussion of water quality on Squam with Greg Disanto at SLA Headquarters, 534 US Route 3, Holderness. Disanto is a 2015 graduate of Plymouth State University's Master's in Environmental Science and Policy program and focused his master's research on trails and erosion. Disanto also completed an in-depth look at the 35 years of water quality data on Squam.
“To detect changes in water quality in the Squam and Little Squam lakes, it’s necessary to understand the how water quality varies by time and location throughout the lakes,” says Disanto.
Using the rich water quality dataset from SLA’s water quality monitoring program, Greg Disanto examined long-term trends in chlorophyll, phosphorus, and clarity measurements at the 14 sampling locations throughout the Squam Lakes. The results of this study can help to provide context for any future changes in water quality.
Through the Lakes Lay Monitoring Program with the University of New Hampshire, the SLA has been studying water quality on Squam since 1979. In general, Squam exhibits healthy water quality, characterized by high water clarity and low nutrient levels. For further information about Squam’s water quality and other indicators of watershed health, visit the SLA website for the Squam Watershed Report or to see current water clarity measurements.
“Greg’s work takes a different looks decades of water quality on Squam,” says SLA Director of Conservation. “His talk talk will add further depth and understanding to Squam’s water quality and help to inform the SLA in shaping the water quality monitoring program into the future.”
The great Squam community can further their involvement in Squam’s water quality by becoming a water quality volunteer. The SLA is currently seeking volunteers to help contribute data and observations for this long-running program.