Water Quality Monitoring

White Oak Pond Water Quality Information


The quality of the water in White Oak Pond is tested by the White Oak Pond Watershed Association (WOPWA) according to guidelines set up by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Volunteer Lake Assessment Program (NHDES VLAP). The White Oak Pond water quality data is then interpreted and published in report format by the VLAP program staff.


Appendix B of the regional reports contain the 'Best Management Practices and Resources for Pollution Control’ which along with the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act are the best tools for maintaining the water quality of the pond. Every landowner is highly encouraged to read and heed the 'Best Management Practices' and to be familiar with and in compliance with the Shoreline Protection Act.


Helpful shoreline landowner information can also be found in the links in the right hand sidebar.  The VLAP program's 'The Sampler' newsletter also highlights water quality topics of interest to homeowners, as well as providing information about statewide water quality issues and the VLAP program itself.


Annual Reports


Changes were made starting in 2011 due to funding limitations to the VLAP program.  Only regional reports were produced, and the individualized 'Observations and Recommendations' reports for each pond or lake were eliminated.  The regional report compares the results from White Oak Pond to other similar ponds and lakes.  The regional reports do not analyze the White Oak Pond data specifically (only in aggregate) so along with the regional report, there are also links to the actual data collected beginning in 2011.



2017 White Oak Pond Report and Interpretation Information


2016 White Oak Pond Report and Interpretation Information


2015 White Oak Pond Report and Interpretation Information


2014 White Oak Pond Report and Interpretation Information


2013 White Oak Pond Report

2013 Data: June, July, August 2013


2012 WOPWA Committee Report and Summary

2012 White Mountain Regional Report and appendices

2012 White Oak Pond Report

2012 Data: June, July, August


2011 White Mountain Regional Report and appendices

2011 Data: June, July, August


Prior to 2011, the VLAP reports were published in 2 parts, one more general report pertaining to all lakes and ponds and a second individualized report for White Oak Pond:


2010 WOPWA Water Quality Monitoring Commitee Report and Summary

2009 WOPWA Water Quality Monitoring Commitee Report and Summary

2008 WOPWA Water Quality Monitoring Commitee Report and Summary

2006 WOPWA Water Quality Monitoring Commitee Report and Summary

2006 General Report Information

2006 White Oak Pond Observations and Recommendations

2006 White Oak Pond Graphs and Statistical Trends

  • Paper copies of previous years reports and data are kept by WOPWA and SLA and may be borrowed.
    To obtain additional copies of any report, contact the Volunteer Lake Assessment Program (VLAP website).

  • Data sets can be obtained at the NHDES Onestop Data retrieval website:
    1. Select Go to Onestop Data retrieval site
    2. Select Environmental Monitoring Data
    3. Select Grab Samples and hit Go
    4. Enter email address and file type
    5. Select Project Name: Volunteer Lake Assessment Program
    6. Select Waterbody Name: White Oak Pond
    7. Select Related Lake Name: White Oak Pond
    8. Select a date range or specific parameters


General Water Quality/Homeowner Information


Water Quality Frequently Asked Questions


The same questions about water quality are often asked from year to year. Those questions and topics are discussed in this section.  Currently, you can read about lily pads on the pond.


Exotic Weeds


New Hampshire ponds and lakes are becoming infested with several species of exotic (non-native) plants.  White Oak Pond is not currently known to have any infestation of these plants but has the risk of becoming infested. There was discussion at the 2010 Annual Meeting about officially joining the NHDES Volunteer Weed Watcher Program (sister program to the Volunteer Lake Assessment Program under which the water quality is current monitored).


Anyone who paddles the pond can be helpful in monitoring for these invasive weeds.  To become familiar with the most common of these,  NHDES has published an information sheet 'The Frightful Fourteen' that you can view and possibly print to bring along on your paddle.


Also extremely helpful is the information at nearby Lake Wicwas's web site comparing the differences between exotic variable milfoil and the similiar looking native species of bladderwort and elodea with several nice pictures and some text to point out the differences.


If you are paddling and note something you think might be an invasive plant, take a sample of it in a plastic bag and contact one of the White Oak Pond water quality monitors or the SLA.