If you live along the East Coast, or in the Gulf region around Louisiana and Texas, you are susceptible to hurricanes and tropical storms. Depending on how long you have lived in high target areas, you probably know the safety drills - how to protect your home, what foods you need to stock your pantry, and where to evacuate if you can't stay home. If you own a pond or lake, or are charged with maintaining such, you should be aware there are steps to take to ensure the area is well-maintained before and after a storm.
To ensure the good health of the aquatic vegetation and life around and in your pond, and to expedite cleaning after the rough weather has passed, consider these simple steps.
- If you have a fountain or aeration system working, turn it off if you notice the water level in the pond begins to rise. Better yet, keep watch of weather reports in your area for high chance of rain, and shut everything off as close to when the storm hits as you can so you are not caught in the winds.
- Make sure all of the inflow and outflow pipes, ditches, and pond borders are clean and free of blockages. Any obstacles could prove difficult to remove after a storm, or else may cause damage.
- Make sure there are no unsecured items near the pond in case of flooding or high winds. This means any patio furniture, fishing equipment and small boats should be removed.
The more care you take before the storm, the less damage your water may suffer once the hurricane has passed.
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Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on Lake Management. Since 1998, SOLitude Lake Management has been committed to providing full service lake and pond management services that improve water quality, preserve natural resources, and reduce our environmental footprint. Services are available throughout the Eastern United States. Fisheries management consulting and aquatic products are available nationwide. Learn more about SOLitude Lake Management and purchase products at www.solitudelakemanagement.com.