Buffer Management

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5 Surprising Ways to Prolong Your Pond’s Retirement

November 19th, 2020

Written by Gavin Ferris, Ecologist AS SEEN IN National Community Association Institute’s (CAI) publication, Common Ground The very first fish I remember catching was a bullhead catfish. It was in a small pond in my grandparents’ HOA community that is still there today. Well, sort of. Though the pond had once been deep enough for fishing […]

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Case Study: Shoreline Restoration at Recreational Lake

May 5th, 2020

Written by Robbin Huffines, Director of Erosion Control Services A premier sporting community in the heart of South Carolina Lowcountry offers the perfect backdrop for nature lovers seeking authentic experiences on and near the water. Outdoorsmen and women who reside in this community enjoy front row access to 3,500 acres of huntlands, fresh and saltwater […]

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Case Study: Shoreline Restoration With Erosion Control Technology

January 21st, 2020

Industrial businesses can affect communities in very positive ways; however, there are exceptions. Certain business practices can have a negative environmental impact on our communities. This was the case for one Florida Keys community. Due to the actions of a nearby blasting company, 5-7 ft of their lake’s bank eroded away. Luckily, SOLitude Lake Management […]

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Know Your Surroundings: A Healthy Lake Begins Outside of the Water

August 21st, 2019

AS SEEN IN Lawn and Landscape: Written by Paul Conti, Environmental Scientist and Regional Manager While all lakes, stormwater ponds, wetlands and fisheries are susceptible to water quality problems without proper management, the cause of these issues doesn’t always originate within the waterbody. Pond maintenance companies know that these complications often begin outside of the […]

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Bioengineered Living Shorelines: Innovation In Erosion Control

June 27th, 2019

Lakes and stormwater ponds are often the biggest source of beauty in our communities, but without proper management these systems can quickly become eyesores that produce harmful algae and bad odors, lead to damaged and eroded shorelines, and result in displeased community members. Unfortunately, these issues often reach beyond the point of a quick fix […]

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Managing Golf Course Ponds Without Traditional Herbicides

April 18th, 2019

AS SEEN IN Golf Course Management: Written by Benjamin Chen, Fisheries Biologist  Golf courses are picturesque with their landscaped green fairways and winding paths. While turf management is usually the first order of business for superintendents, lakes, ponds and water features aid in irrigation and help accentuate the beauty of the environment. Without proper management, however, […]

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Utilize Buffer Zones as a Preventative Pond Maintenance Tool

June 4th, 2018

Written by Industry Expert Daniel Hood, Wildlife & Fisheries Scientist I have always been a fan of Benjamin Franklin’s saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Lake and pond management is a perfect example of this advice; preventing water quality problems at their source is often the most effective measure to […]

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Are Cattails Good or Bad? How Can They Be Successfully Managed?

February 15th, 2018

Written by Industry Expert Kara Sliwoski, Aquatic Biologist & Territory Leader  Perhaps you’ve heard of or seen cattails before—they’re an iconic plant associated with many types of waterbodies. Interestingly, they have the potential to be both good and bad for a body of water. Maybe you are concerned about cattail growth in your own waterbody […]

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Erosion & Beneficial Buffers: Like Sands Through the Hourglass

October 10th, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist It is often remarked upon how adept beavers are at creating their own aquatic habitat, but in my observation muskrats are nearly their equal in this regard. While beavers endeavor to turn every stream into a pond and every pond into a lake, muskrats seem intent on turning […]

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The Vectors of Invasive Phragmites Spread & Effective Control Methods

August 15th, 2017

Plants become classified as invasive species when they invade areas outside of their native range, upset the natural community they have invaded and cause considerable damage to either the ecology or economy of an area. Phragmites australis, or common reed, is a plant that most definitely meets all of these criteria. Native to Europe and […]

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