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Pond Bacteria: Good vs. Bad

Pond Bacteria: Good vs. Bad

Any functioning ecosystem, including a pond, needs bacteria to sustain life and maintain a balanced ecosystem. Bacteria are microscopic single-celled organisms measured in microns (one millionth of a meter), ranging from 1 to 10 microns in length and 0.2 to 1 microns...

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Nutrient Deactivation

Nutrient Deactivation

In most cases, proactive actions are more cost effective than reactive actions. When managing surface waters like lakes or ponds, this adage certainly applies. Using algae growth as the example. Algae grows in water because it has the three things needed to survive:...

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Manual Plant and Algae Harvesting

Manual Plant and Algae Harvesting

Algae cells can multiply rapidly and despite all efforts, this growth can get out of control quickly. Even after chemical treatment, certain types of algae can rebound in as few as 3-4 days. The good news is that algae, along with a several species of rooted aquatic...

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Electrofishing: What Is It and Does It Harm Fish?

Electrofishing: What Is It and Does It Harm Fish?

Electrofishing is a type of fishing technique that biologists use to capture fish in rivers, lakes, and streams. This technique provides a safe and efficient solution to the challenge of collecting data on fish populations. Based on the data gathered from small...

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Aeration: Compressors vs Fountains

Aeration: Compressors vs Fountains

By Chris Ryan, Aquatics Department Manager A properly sized aeration system is a critical component in maintaining healthy lakes and ponds. Artificial destratification and the resulting introduction of oxygen into an aquatic environment provides these ecosystems with...

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Cattail Management: How to Control Cattails in Your Pond

Cattail Management: How to Control Cattails in Your Pond

If you pass by any water-related environment that has been left in the hands of Mother Nature, you’ll probably see cattails. These perennials are some of the most common aquatic plants, particularly in ponds, lakes, and marshes, that can grow 5-10 feet in height. Even...

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Adapting Policies for a Healthier Planet

Adapting Policies for a Healthier Planet

Caring for our environment has been a topic since my days in grammar school…. over 50 years!  I remember being so moved about the effects of ‘pollution’ that my third-grade science project was on pollution (earning me a 3rd place ribbon, beaten out by David Neilson...

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