With more than 7,700 lakes measuring more than 20 acres and countless pounds measuring 20 acres or less, Florida is a place that certainly enjoys its water bodies. Many of these are manmade and found on public property. Ponds can be a wonderful source of social and recreational activities, but it's important that they be managed properly and follow standard conservation principles in order. Otherwise, they could be harmful to the environment.
Florida's ponds and lakes provide plenty of opportunity for fishing, a popular recreational activity in these parts. These waterways are also great for hunting water fowl and bird watching. Many ponds are developed specifically for other purposes including swimming, drainage, irrigation, mining, livestock watering and residential development. It's important that some of these objectives may not be compatible with pond management meant for fish and wildlife.
Knowledge of ecology, the study of living things and their relationship to the environment, is important to recreational pond management. You must understand that even the smallest change could adversely affect these complex relationships among organisms and their habitats. There are distinct levels on the water life food pyramid, ranging from algae to humans. Alligators, largemouth bass, and wading birds are also at the top. Each successive level feeds from the one below it. This interdependence must be sustained within your pond ecosystem in order to have a healthy ecosystem.
Even something as seemingly mundane as the amount of algae in your pond can have significant effects on the wildlife in your pond. Too little sunlight can lead to dense algae blooms, which can take away the supply of dissolved oxygen needed for fish to live. Excessive fertility causes green ponds and harmful conditions for aquatic life. If your pond receives an abundance of nutrients, you may need to make changes to reduce or eliminate some sources.
The quality of your pond water must be carefully maintained and monitored in order for the environment to be hospitable to the micro-organism, plant, fish and animal life within it. You need the right levels of pond productivity in order to feed the fish, which in turn are food for various forms of wildlife. Poor water quality results in lackluster pond production.
You may notice muddied or cloudy water. This is known as turbidity. It's not necessarily a problem unless the water becomes too dark for adequate sunlight to penetrate. In such cases, measures will be needed to curb the problem. Such actions as planting vegetation to slow erosion and trees to serve as a buffer from wind can slow erosion, among other solutions. You must also be sure to support proper pH levels in your pond, typically between 6.0 to 8.0. Liming can increase low levels in order to protect pond productivity.
Professional pond management companies in Florida have the knowledge and skill to cultivate the delicate conditions necessary to maintain a healthy and bountiful recreational pond. Acquiring expert assistance is an investment that can simplify your duties and result in greater success.
At Crosscreek Environmental, we believe in providing a comprehensive, environmentally friendly approach in creating solutions to maintain the beauty and health of Florida's ponds, lakes, wetlands, and shorelines. We use the B.E.S.T.™ geo-tube solution and are one of the best geo-tube solution providers in the state of Florida.