Florida is known for its sunny weather and gorgeous beaches, yet there is one drawback to being able to spend so much time in a tropical wonderland. Hurricane season brings a list of new worries, and lake and pond management is one of the important ones that you’ll need to plan for each year. Knowing how to properly prep for a storm and clean up afterwards can make a significant difference in the health of your favorite body of water.
Clear Debris From All Inlets and Outlets
A good rule of thumb to follow is to keep pond and lake water as healthy as possible before the storm arrives. Keeping debris and trash out of the inlets and outlets helps to keep the water flowing properly, and it reduces the amount of waste products that enter the water. You should be checking pipes and drains throughout the year. Then, make sure to give them all a full inspection after the storm to remove any debris that accumulates from flood water.
Manage Aquatic Plant Life
A healthy waterbody should have an abundance of native plant life that helps to maintain the overall ecosystem. However, plant overgrowth can alter the chemical makeup of the water and lead to issues such as algae formation or fish kills. Make sure that you have the right amount and types of plants around the pond to prevent shoreline erosion, which is common during heavy storms.
Use Aeration and Fountains to Prevent Stagnation
Keeping the water moving is a well-known way to prevent mosquitos and midges from breeding. Using aeration equipment or fountains is an effective way to prevent stagnant water throughout the year. Once the storm’s arrival is imminent, you’ll need to turn off the aeration unit or fountain. If possible, remove the equipment to prevent it from developing storm damage. Once the storm passes, you’ll want to inspect any equipment before turning it back on to ensure that it is still in good condition.
Monitor the Water Quality and Nutrient Loads After the Storm
The storm run off from flooding and heavy rainfall can lead to chemicals from fertilizer, pesticide and waste products to enter the water. An overload of nutrients such as nitrogen can lead to issues such as algae blooms, fish die-off and pest infestations. Pond and lake management companies in Florida can help you to perform a water assessment as soon as possible after the storm so that proper mitigation can be performed to improve the water quality.
Prepping for hurricane season begins long before those first raindrops fall. A healthy pond or lake is more likely to emerge from the chaos unscathed so that you can get back to enjoying your favorite waterbody. Whether your pond or lake needs a little extra care to get ready or simply needs additional monitoring, your efforts to preserve the body of water will pay off when it quickly returns to normal after the flood waters recede.
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