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