In July 2011, a group of Wildflower Preserve volunteers began regular water quality sampling on the six major ponds at the preserve.
The sampling work is conducted using procedures and equipment provided as part of the University of Florida’s statewide LakeWatch program. Each month our volunteers launch kayaks into the ponds and collect samples to study total nitrogen, phosphorus, and chlorophyll levels. We also collect samples every second month at three locations on Lemon Creek.
Three of our ponds have heavy coverings of floating aquatic vegetation, specifically duckweed and azolla. In contrast, the other three ponds are relatively clear. The results from the sampling work show us that the water quality characteristics in these two sets of ponds are very different.