Volunteer monitoring at Peterson Pond began in 2004 and continued through 2008, after which it was discontinued. The data indicate that this small lake was moderately colored and high in primary productivity (eutrophic), with fair water quality. No trend in productivity was validated.
The lake is too shallow for profile sampling. Nitrogen to phosphorus ratios were below 20:1, which generally favors bluegreens over other algae, although the water color and bog characteristics of the lake may impact bluegreen growth .
Beavers frequent the lake, and a beaver deceiver is installed at the outlet to maintain water levels. Peterson Pond currently has no public access points, but users should keep an eye on aquatic plants growing nearshore to catch early infestations of Eurasian milfoil, Brazilian elodea or other noxious weeds.
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The average of these three TSI indicators during the growing season can be used
to place lakes in one of three broad categories:
<40 = oligotrophic (low productivity),
40 to 50 = mesotrophic (moderate productivity)
>50 = eutrophic (highly productive).