Current Water Quality
Watermilfoil is a threat to all Vermont lakes and ponds, and we are dedicated to making sure it doesn't invade ours! See our page on watermilfoil for more info.
In-kind Service Forms:
Please log your time & monitoring activity as you patrol the pond - see link to form on our home page.
Miles Pond is home to an uncommon type of bladderwort that is native to Vermont. Bladderworts can sometimes grow quite densely but they are native and not considered invasive. The state lists it as having an S3 status - meaning it's not imminently threatened or endangered now, but is uncommon enough that it could become threatened.
Bladderworts are rootless plants with tiny “bladders” attached to the branch-like leaves. These bladders trap tiny microscopic creatures in the water that the plant digests to obtain nutrients. Bladderworts are thus carnivorous plants, like the Venus Fly Trap, only aquatic. The purple flowers (when present) poke up out of the water on spikes; they’re small but quite beautiful.
Purple flower bladderwort has been recorded previously several times in Miles Pond – state records go back to 1974. It’s rather uncommon in the state – we have only 19 locations for this plant recorded in our database, including Miles Pond. We are pleased to have such a beautiful and uncommon plant in Miles Pond!