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    Controlling Weed and Algae in Farm Pond

    Aquatic Weed and Algae Control Case Study

    Location and Acreage:
    Brentsville, VA | 0.7-Acres

    Project Timeframe: 
    2016

    Project Managers:
    Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant

    Site Description:
    This property is a privately-owned horse farm with a small recreational pond that receives drainage from the barn area and several of the horse fields. The horses on the farm also use the 0.7-acre pond for drinking and wading. The pond has become increasingly infested with aquatic weeds over the last few years. At the time of our initial visit in May this year, the pond was 100% covered with duckweed and also had extensive growth of watershield as well as bladderwort. The pond has an extremely mucky bottom, and had a very foul smell. It is being aerated with a windmill aeration system with one diffuser, but the system does not provide adequate aeration for the pond.

    Pond Covered in Algae Restored Water Quality

    Scope of Work:
    Control target species to achieve long-term improvement of the appearance and health of the pond and to ensure safety for horses that drink from the pond.

    Project Description:
    In treating the horse farm pond, it was important to use a slow-acting systemic product to minimize the chances of a fish kill. On June 15, we applied an environmentally sensitive aquatic product to the pond, and collected a FasTEST on June 29. The results showed 66 ppb, and the duckweed was already exhibiting extensive chlorosis and beginning to disperse. We continued to monitor the pond for the next month, and the watershield also became chlorotic and began to drop from the surface. In mid-July, a filamentous algae bloom developed, which was treated with another environmentally sensitive aquatic product. By early August, the pond was substantially clear of vegetation. We have only treated minor algae and creeping primrose for the remainder of the season.

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