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    Ponder These Thoughts – Spring Pond Management Tips

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 31, 2015

    Spring

    SOLitude Lake Management wants your lake or stormwater pond to be pre­pared for warm weather. With this in mind, we recommend that you consider the following during the spring months:

    • Have your lake or stormwater pond’s water quality professionally tested. Find out early in the season if there is an imbalance in the water so you can get ahead of it. Think proactive, not reactive for long term cost-savings!

    • Install a floating fountain or submersed diffused aeration system to help balance water quality and enhance aesthetics throughout the growing season.

    • Naturally prevent algae and dangerous cyanobacteria blooms from forming with new nanobubble aeration technology, which provides benefits that last longer than traditional aeration systems.

    • If your lake or stormwater pond’s vegetative buffer was not trimmed over the fall or winter, spring is still a good time to remove dead vegetation from the buffer. Then, enhance your buffer with native plantings like blueflag iris or swamp milkweed. Beneficial flowering plants will add color and character, plus help absorb nutrients from entering the waterbody.

    • Schedule an annual inspection of your stormwater facility to ensure pipes and equipment are free of obstructions like invasive weeds and tree branches.

    • Is your lake or pond showing signs of erosion or other wear and tear? A ShoreSOX® mesh erosion control system can be installed before summer recreation is in full swing to protect shorelines and enhance beauty.

    • Excess pond nutrients can cause undesirable aquatic weeds and algae. Safely prevent this unwanted growth using natural nutrient remediation tools like Phoslock, Alum and Biochar.

    • Spring is an ideal time for a fisheries biologist to assess the health of your fishery. An electrofishing assessment will help them develop a strategy to keep your fishery healthy and thriving! Be sure your lake or pond is stocked with easy-to-catch fish such as Bluegill, Largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish and plan a successful summer fishing event in your community.

    • Keep mosquitoes at bay this summer by implementing a natural and effective integrated mosquito management plan for your community. Additionally, have a fisheries manager stock Fathead minnow or Bluegill this spring to help consume mosquito larvae.

    • Consider hydro-raking as an effective alternative to costly dredging for area selective removal of nuisance, rooted vegetation and to clear accumulations of bottom muck and debris.

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    SOLitude Lake Management is a nationwide environmental firm committed to providing sustainable solutions that improve water quality, enhance beauty, preserve natural resources and reduce our environmental footprint. SOLitude’s team of aquatic resource management professionals specializes in the development and execution of customized lake, stormwater pond, wetland and fisheries management programs that include water quality testing and restoration, nutrient remediation, algae and aquatic weed control, installation and maintenance of fountains and aeration systems, bathymetry, shoreline erosion restoration, mechanical harvesting and hydro-raking, lake vegetation studies, biological assessments, habitat evaluations, and invasive species management. Services and educational resources are available to clients nationwide, including homeowners associations, multi-family and apartment communities, golf courses, commercial developments, ranches, private landowners, reservoirs, recreational and public lakes, municipalities, drinking water authorities, parks, and state and federal agencies. SOLitude Lake Management is a proud member of the Rentokil Steritech family of companies in North America.

    Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters