Water Quality Summary



Midas: 1528

  • Sample Station # 1

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME-DEP) and the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLMP) have collaborated in the collection of lake data to evaluate water quality, track algae blooms, and determine water quality trends. This dataset does not include bacteria, mercury, or nutrients other than phosphorus.

Water quality monitoring data for Gardiner Lake was collected during three years between 2002 and 2004. Limited chemical information was collected, in addition to Secchi Disk Transparencies (SDT). In summary, the water quality of Gardiner Lake is considered to be above average, based on measures of SDT, total phosphorus (TP), and Chlorophyll-a (Chla). The potential for nuisance algae blooms on Gardiner Lake is low.

Water Quality Measures: Gardiner Lake is a non-colored lake (color about 15 SPU) with an average SDT of 7.6 m (25 ft). The water column TP for Gardiner Lake is 3 parts per billion (ppb), while Chla averaged 1.6 ppb (range 1-2.1). August dissolved oxygen (DO) profiles show very little DO depletion in bottom waters of the pond. The potential for TP to leave the bottom sediments and become available to algae in the water column (internal loading) is very low.

Gardiner Lake is managed by MDIFW primarily as a coldwater fishery, and classified as a “remote coldwater pond”.

Filename: gard1528, Revised: 3/05, By: rb


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See the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Explanation of Lake Water Quality Monitoring Report for measured variable explanations. Additional lake information can be found on the Internet at http://www.pearl.maine.edu and/or http://www.maine.gov/dep/blwq/lake.htm, or telephone Maine Department of Environmental Protection at 207/287-3901 or Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program at 207/783-7733.