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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.

Give to Tomorrow Grant Program

Since 2015, Clarke has granted a portion of its annual sales to non-profit organizations advancing environmental causes through its Give to Tomorrow® grant program.

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Plant Overgrowth, Algae, Muck – and Two Weeks Until a Wedding

How did our aquatics team get this background pond wedding-party-ready within a tight two-week deadline? Read on to find out.

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LEED Platinum and LEED Silver Certified Clarke Buildings in Illinois

Two Clarke facilities in Illinois have officially been recognized as LEED Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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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.

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The Clarke Group Adds Allen Gent as Chief Operating Officer

Clarke announces the appointment of Allen Gent to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Gent brings 20 years of successful commercial, strategic development, and executive management experience in the agribusiness industry to Clarke.

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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.

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An Update on Chlorpyrifos for Mosquito Control

Recently, the EPA made a final decision to revoke all tolerances for Chlorpyrifos on food production, meaning any products containing Chlorpyrifos may no longer be applied on crops.

Late Summer Mosquito Control: What to Expect

Late summer is often when the presence of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus (WNV) upticks rapidly, thanks to ideal weather conditions (regular rainfall, humidity levels, and warm air temperatures) for mosquito breeding.

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Mosquito Spraying: A Guide to Different Application Methods for Communities and Yards

Mosquito control services use a variety of different application methods to control mosquitoes in communities, private backyards, public parks, and commercial properties. There is no one size fits all solution for keeping mosquito populations in check.

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!).

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