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Water Quality

Special Projects

  • NY Tidal Wetlands
  • NY & NJ Nutrient Assessment
  • New England Lakes and Ponds (NELP)
  • Cyanobacteria Workshop
  • Partnerships: Long Island Sound Total Maximum Daily Load
  • 303(d)/TMDL National Webinar Series
  • Water Quality

    This New England Lakes and Ponds (NELP) project report is designed to serve as a useful resource for evaluating the overall health of the region’s lakes and ponds and for taking steps to restore water body integrity, where needed. It is intended for use by a broad group of stakeholders, managers, and policymakers throughout the region.

    The report consists of the following key components:

    Findings of a multi-year, probability-based
    assessment of the ecological health and
    integrity of New England’s lakes and ponds,
    comparing these findings with those from
    research undertaken simultaneously at
    the national level. The assessment provides
    a characterization of the overall condition of
    regional water bodies and identifies associated
    stressors based on statistically representative
    survey samples.

    A description of innovative lake management
    assessment tools and technologies developed
    and tested as part of this project through
    collaborations with state and federal agencies
    and academic institutions.

    A Lake Attitash case study, showcasing one
    approach to assessing lake condition that
    illustrates what can be accomplished through
    collaborative partnerships. It describes efforts
    to implement and develop new technologies
    that can be transferred and shared with other
    stakeholders, bringing together the various
    pieces of information collected during this

    Access to tools, data, and other useful
    information for lake managers and decision
    makers, which includes links to this project’s
    companion website
    and other resources.

    Please download the report in its entirety, or by section, below:

    Complete NELP Report


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