The main focus of these projects was to identify species of aquatic vegetation within Indian Lake and to then assess the extent to which they hinder recreational use of the lake. By establishing a solid methodology, our methods of collection can be replicated by future groups, allowing the data points to be compared on a timeline. This is essential to monitoring the ecological health of the lake. Based on the data collected our group presented the ILWA with suggestions on how to manage the current overgrowth.

Key Features:

  • A series of interactive Google maps is organized in the "Maps" section. They display each lake collection point, showing exactly where it was taken and what was found including the date, time, depth, density and plant species found for each survey.
  • The "Project Info" sections includes information collected in the project report that is useful for understanding plant growth in freshwater lakes and interpreting the results of the surveys. Topics include in this section include: eutrophication, common plant species present in freshwater lakes, and the results of the collection data.
  • The "Contact Us" page is open for any one with questions or suggestions about the projects.

Purpose of this web-page

This websites purpose and design allows easy access for those of the public interested in Indian Lake to obtain information about the survey as well as contact those in charge to report areas of overgrowth or other concerns about the lake. Communication with project members and ILWA representatives is encouraged and can be done through the Contact Us page. This website includes details about both projects including the collection results. The most important feature is the inclusion of a series of interactive maps that display the distribution of plants collected from the lake. This feature allows for a simple way to view the survey results and visualize growth distributions. These maps will be permanently accessible as long as this website exists and viewable by anybody who is interested.

Developed as Part of a WPI Sponsored Project
In Affiliation with The Indian Lake Watershed Association
Worcester, MA 2013 & 2015