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Notice About The New Proposed "No Fishing Rule"

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The name of our lake, "Blairstone Lake" was registered with the state of Florida on February 16th, 1993 when Carol Wintermute first learned of Florida Lake Watch and was trained with 2 other neighbors for the program. Each month they sample the lake at 3 stations marked by foam balls placed at certain coordinates. The frozen samples are then delivered to be tested by University of Florida labs. They send us periodic reports on the chemical health of our lake. We also get an annual comprehensive report that is given at the annual meeting, and management problems are reported to the Board anytime a problem arises.

Blairstone Lake has consistently been chemically healthy and continues to support the plants and animals around The Forest. The Lake Watch program will indicate any water quality changes in the area when it happens. Lake Watch is state wide, residents are conscientious about sampling, so that the data is very reliable. State agencies use this data in their studies of Tallahassee Wildlife. Not only has Lake Watch spread to most states in the U.S., but representatives of European countries have also come to Gainesville to learn to start the program in their countries.

Blairstone Forest Rain Fall from January 2015 32. inches
Blairstone Forest Rain Fall for the year 2014 45 inchs
Blairstone Forest Rain Fall for the year 2013 58.95 inches
Blairstone Forest Rain Fall For the year 2012 74.4 inches
Blairstone Forest Rain Fall for the year 2011 56.4 inches
Blairstone Forest Rain Fall for the year 2010 57.4-inches
 
 
Local Doppler Weather Radar on loop Weather Channel Tallahassee
 
 
Click on this Tab to Find if this Body of Water in the Forest is a Lake or a Pond
Is Our Body of Water a Lake or a Pond?

Most (as I do) consider our body of water in Blairstone Forest a "Pond", but it is registered in the State of Florida's registry as a "Lake" (Blairstone Lake). We could all go around and around about the definition between a lake & a pond and we would all be technically right since there is no set standard to outline the difference. We could have the board change the name of our body of water to "Blairstone Pond" with the state registry if we wanted. As for me...I refer to it as a "Pond" unofficially and a "Lake" Officially because of the registry.

Regardless of what people think, there no difference between a lake and a pond other than who named it, according to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services . They state "the use of the terms "lake" and "pond" was completely arbitrary. In general, lakes tend to be larger and/or deeper than ponds, but numerous examples exist of "ponds" that are larger and deeper than "lakes." For example, Echo "Lake" in Conway is 14 acres in surface area with a maximum depth of 11 feet, while Island "Pond" in Derry is nearly 500 acres and 80 feet deep." (Click here for more)

Here is a website that gives a definition for "Ponds" & "Lakes" that I like...A pond is always Man Made and a Lake occurs naturally. But this is still confusing, didn't our pond/lake occur naturally, only being modified a little? It was the lowest part of the neighborhood before it was developed, and I am sure was filled when it rained, even if it was dry at other times.

So in closing... there is no standard official definition between what makes a lake...a lake, or a pond...a pond, and all the officials have their own opinion, so feel free to form your own oppinion and call it what you may. Either way, you will be right.

 
 
 
Click on This Tab for Florida Lake Watch Reports & Stats
Florida Lake Watch Reports & Stats

Read the Trophic State pdf first to help you understand the other two, the Lake summary explains the Report Data, where you will find that we haven't had any bad spikes since 1999. I suspect, this is about the time the ground water well was put in for lake fill and less Golf Course runoff was making it into our Lake. We are a little high but still within healthy parameters, in our case Aquatic Plants could bring down all of these levels completely. For more information call FLORIDA LAKEWATCH at (352) 392-4817, or visit their website...
http://lakewatch.ifas.ufl.edu/.

2009-2010
2008
Trophic State: A Waterbody’s Ability To Support Plants, Fish, and Wildlife pdf 2008
Blairstone Lake Summery 2008 pdf Lake Watch Report Data 2008 pdf
2007
Trophic State: A Waterbody’s Ability To Support Plants, Fish, and Wildlife pdf 2007
Blairstone Lake Summery 2007 pdf Lake Watch Report Data 2007 pdf
 
 
Click on This Tab for Blairstone Forest Wildlife List with Links to Photos

Wildlife In and Around Blairstone Lake

Mouse Over Tiny Thumbnails to Enlarge the Photos
Forest Critters In the Pond Birds
Grey Squirrel Bull Frog Lesser Scaup
Box Turtle Grass Carp Hooded Mergansers  
Banana Spider Larger Mouth Bass Wood Duck  
Mediterranean Gecko Pond Turtle Canadian Geese
Anole Brim or Blue Gill Perch Barred Owl
  • Silver Fox
  • Raccoon
  • Armadillo
  • Opossum
  • Skunk
  • Bats
  • Flying Squirrel
  • Fireflies
  • Butterflies
  • Mosquitoes (early eve to 9pm summers)
  • Toads
  • Snakes
  • Tree Frogs and other species that orchestrate from 9 pm to 3 am nightly
  • Felis Catus
 
Red Shouldered Hawk
Humming Bird
Little Blue Heron
Great White Heron
Pileated Woodpecker
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Green Heron
  • Osprey
  • Anhinga
  • Pied Billed Grebe
  • King Fisher
  • Red Wing Black Bird
  • Red Bellied Woodpecker
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Common Screech Owl
  • Crows
  • Morning Dove
  • Cardinal
  • Blue Jay
  • Mocking Bird
 
 
 
Click on This Tab to See The Tree & Shrub List
Trees & Shrubs
  • Black Mulberry
  • Wild Cherry
  • Willow
  • Cypress
  • Sweet Gum
  • Chinese Tallow
    an import that, like Kudzu, can take over in a very short time. Please remove any in your yard, this is a Florida Department of Agriculture request.
  • Trillium
   
 
 
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When The Lake was Born

As the Lake Evolved
   
 
 
     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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