Pond management efforts frequently
fall into two categories: environmental and aesthetic.
Environmental management addresses the function
of the pond as a healthy aquatic system supporting
a diverse plant and animal community. Management
for aesthetics involves maintaining a certain standard
of appearance, such as to be free of weeds and algae.
Those two objectives require different management
techniques. However, both require understanding
pond ecosystems, along with the physical condition
of the pond.
a pond to promote an aquatic community requires
an understanding of the aquatic plants that are
a natural, key component of the system. EQR also
recognizes that the pond is more than a waterbody
with only fish and plants. A pond system involves
the interaction of a sophisticated animal and plant
complex adjusting to all the runoff and contaminants
entering the pond. Also, like any feature in the
landscape, ponds change with seasons and also through
the day. EQR can promote the success of these systems
through the installation of aerators, the addition
of emergent plants, or the creation of vegetative
EQR has worked with individual landowners, HOAs,
golf courses, cities, and counties to help them
manage ponds and water features to a desired standard.
The first step in managing ponds to an aesthetic
standard is to determine the results desired. Our
commitment is to help owners make informed decisions
about the pond. For example, many ponds function
as storm water management facilities. That function
restricts where plantings can occur around the pond,
but more importantly, means that the pond will receive
frequent inflows of warm, nutrient laden water.
Once the pond system is understood, EQR can recommend
management options that help attain the desired
EQR has experience treating aquatic weeds and
nuisance algae using a variety of EPA registered
Aquatic Use Rated Algaecides and Herbicides.
Applications can be made to control unsightly algal
blooms or they can be made to eliminate invasive
aquatic species that are crowding out a more desirable
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A listing of sample pond management projects