John Brodhead has monitored the water clarity and nutrient enrichment of Great Hosmer Pond in Craftsbury for 16 years under the Vermont Lay Monitoring Program. As Brodhead points out, Great Hosmer Pond is more than a beautiful place.

“Great Hosmer is very important economically in Craftbury and Albany, and two businesses rely on its well-being. We’re very determined to keep it in good shape,” says the Craftsbury Common resident.

Brodhead has made a long-term commitment to protecting Great Hosmer by participating in the Lay Monitoring Program, working with the community to prevent exotic species such as Eurasian watermilfoil from entering the pond, and by teaching others how land uses can affect the health of the pond.

Administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation since its inception in 1979, the Lay Monitoring Program equips and trains local lake users to measure the nutrient enrichment of lakes by collecting lake water quality data following a rigorously documented and quality assured methodology. All Lake Champlain stations and many inland lakes are sampled for chlorophyll-a, total phosphorus, and Secchi disk transparency. All sampling occurs on a weekly basis during the summer.

The tremendous success of the Lay Monitoring Program is largely due to the enthusiasm and dedication of the approximately 120 volunteers who monitor the lakes each year. These volunteers perform a valuable service in helping to protect Vermont lake water quality. The monitoring program’s annual reports, prepared by the Department of Environmental Conservation, are available to all Vermonters by calling (802) 241-3777.