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Pond and Lake Articles

Aeration for Pond or Lake Dock De-icing

Property owners with ponds or lakes that freeze in the winter face the real possibility of severe dock and/or boat ice damage every year. Just because there may have been a mild winter occasionally in recent years, doesn’t mean there will be one this year.

Aeration in Marinas and Canals

Marina and canal systems are particularly vulnerable to oxygenation problems due to their reduced flow, increased depth, and isolation from the main waterbody. These systems can be fresh, marine, brackish, or have variable salinity. Since these waterbodies are often heavily traveled by boats, pollution adds to the challenges of keeping these areas healthy and aesthetically pleasing. Aeration reduces the variability experienced in these systems while improving water quality through oxygenation.

Algae in Your Pond

Is algae making your pond water green and slimy? No matter where you live, algae is in the water. While too much algae can create numerous problems, they are essential to the ecosystem, providing food for all types of animals including fish, insects, mollusks, zooplankton (microscopic animals). Algae occur naturally in all types of systems and are indicators of an ecosystem’s condition, including the amount and type of nutrients present in the water.

Avian Botulism (Limberneck Disease)

Avian Botulism is a paralytic, often fatal disease of wild and domestic birds resulting from the ingestion of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium. Environmental studies have found seven toxins produced by botulinum bacterium; two of which, Types C & E, commonly cause mortality. Type C toxin occurs in the western United States and Canada.

Managing your pond

Many factors determine the health of a pond or lake. No single technique will ever be the answer for all situations, but all have their place in an integrated aquatic restoration and management program. For long term control of ongoing problems you need to vary the techniques based on the following:

Midge Fly Fact Sheet

Are swarms of bugs keeping you inside? Aquatic midge flies are non-biting insects found in lakes and ponds, and are known by many common names including blind mosquito and fuzzy bill. They do not bite, suck blood, or carry disease like true mosquitoes do, so they are more of a nuisance than anything.

Pond Aeration for Healthier Golf Course Lakes

Water is an integral part of most golf courses. Poor water quality leads to numerous problems including foul odors, swarming midge flies and mosquitoes, algae and weeds which make golfing unpleasant. A major culprit on golf courses is the high volume of nutrients from watershed run-off.

Pond or Lake Water Chemistry

How healthy is your lake water? The water is really what a pond or lake is all about so it stands to reason the health of the water determines the health of the lake. The following is a breakdown of crucial elements that need to be in correct balance for the aquatic ecosystem to function well.

Seasonal Changes in Ponds and Lakes

Seasons are generally defined by precipitation and temperature patterns expected during different times of the year.The way we experience seasons varies greatly depending on our geographic location, however lakes and ponds commonly respond in similar ways to the same ecological inputs. Healthy Pond DiagramWhile this article focuses primarily on temperate lakes.

Winter Fish Kill Prevention

As a pond or lake freezes, diffusion of oxygen from the air above is cut off. If snow builds up on the ice, or the ice becomes hazy, light can’t penetrate the ice and the production of oxygen by plants is cut off as well. When this happens, not only is there no winter oxygen production, the dying plants are broken down by bacteria that also consume oxygen. As the fish and bacteria consume what’s left of the oxygen, the levels quickly plummet.