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The Florida Canal System: An Essential to Coastal Living

The above maps paint two very different pictures of a community reliant on a storm water canal system. Canals are manmade waterways dug into wetlands, rivers and streams to divert waters – and the state of Florida has well over…

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What is Water Quality Management – And What Goes into It?

Certified Lake Manager, Ashlee Haviland, walks through what constitutes water quality, water quality management, monitoring strategies and the key health indicators that are used to inform each of these.

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The Types and Benefits of Aeration Systems for Ponds

An aeration system – which can include pond fountains, aerators, diffusers and more – is an easy, natural way to supply man-made and natural ponds with dissolved oxygen. Aquatic animals, such as fish and aquatic invertebrates, require DO to breathe and function.

A series of communities interconnected by a canal system.

Lakes, Ponds & Canals: The Guide to Hurricane Prep & Clean-Up

Members of Florida communities are likely well-aware of what goes into prepping in the event of a severe storm. But do you know that properly maintaining, preparing and recovering community waterways can prevent further damages and health risks?

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A Guide to the Control and Management of Invasive Phragmites

Phragmites – otherwise known as the common reed – are an invasive, perennial tall grass often found in wetlands or surrounding ponds and lakes. This invasive species can spread quickly, choking out native plants and waterbodies.

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Lake and Pond Management: What Data Should You Collect?

Whether you are a lake manager, part of a lake association board, or even a dockmaster, there is a lot that goes into the care and keeping of your lake – and a lot of information that goes along with this. But what information do you need to collect and track?

Clarkes custom dock deicing for a Lake Michigan community

The Guide to Winter Prep for Lakes & Ponds – From Winterization to Deicing

In this post, we will cover fountain winterization, basic dock maintenance for year-round as well as winter, deicing solutions and give an in-depth example of how a proper deicing solution can enhance a community and extend the enjoyment of lake resources.

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6 Aquatic Plants in Lakes Across the Midwest

Have you ever looked across a lake, pond, or other waterway and wondered what lay below the waters? You might be surprised to learn that there is actually a wide variety of aquatic plants among and within the different regions of the United States.

The Guide to Florida’s Aquatic Plants: 10 Species Found in Florida

With freshwater, brackish water and saltwater spread among lakes, ponds, marshes, wetlands, streams, springs and much, much more, there is a lot of variety when it comes to aquatic plants in Florida.

What’s a Midge Fly – and How Can You Control Them?

Each summer – or even year-round if you’re in a warmer climate such as Texas or Florida – midge flies can become a major nuisance wreaking havoc on property and recreational time and driving residents away from outdoor resources.

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The Guide to Dock Maintenance

When you allow your dock to fall into disrepair, you end up impacting the waterbody’s recreational use, lowering property values and curtailing the life of the dock (and paying richly for it!).

Swimmers in a lake

What is Swimmer’s Itch – and How Can I Avoid It?

Swimmer’s itch is a rash caused by an allergic reaction to specific kinds of parasitic larvae that spawn within the freshwater body that’s being swum in. It isn’t contagious and it usually lasts only a week or so.

An example of a summer fish kill with multiple dead fish floating along a shore

The Guide to Fish Kills: What They Are & 6 Ways to Prevent Them

A \’fish kill\’ is an instance of many fish dying in a lake or pond. While it is unfortunately often too late to stop fish kills once you have observed the dead fish, there’s plenty that you can do to prevent future ones from occurring.

What’s a Certified Lake Manager?

A Certified Lake Manager (CLM) is directly involved in managing ponds, lakes, reservoirs, and other waterbodies – as well as their watersheds.

Phragmites along a pond.

Native and Invasive Aquatic Plants in Virginia

Virginia – and much of the mid-Atlantic – is characterized by a large breadth and depth of habitats, environments, temperatures and more. Today, we’re breaking down some of the aquatic plants you might swim into in Virginia.

lilypads growing in a marshy area

The Guide to Native and Invasive Aquatic Plants and Weeds

Aquatic vegetations have unique characteristics that enable them to thrive in their environments while helping to create a balanced ecosystem; but, overgrowth of these plants or the presence of invasive species can wreak havoc on lakes or ponds if they are not properly maintained.

A boat equipped to map a lake.

What is Lake Mapping and Surveying – And What’s the Point of It?

Each method of lake mapping – vegetation, bathymetric, and sedimentation/hardness mapping – provides unique insight into assessing areas of your waterbody that would have otherwise gone unnoticed, let alone enough understanding to properly plan and budget for.

A dock being outfitted for winterization

The Guide to Permanent Dock & Lake Deicing in Winter

Clarke’s team of experts brings years of expertise in diagnosing and implementing deicing solutions to prevent dock damage from ice.

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