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Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algae Blooms

Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algae Blooms

Posted August 8th, 2018

Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algae Blooms By Patrick Goodwin, Certified Lake Manager and Aquatic Research Scientist Nutrient over-enrichment of waters by urban, agricultural, and industrial development has promoted the growth of cyanobacteria as harmful algal blooms (HABs). These blooms increase the turbidity of aquatic ecosystems, smothering aquatic plants and thereby suppressing important invertebrate and fish habitats. The… Read More

6 Leading Causes of Florida Fish Kills

6 Leading Causes of Florida Fish Kills

Posted August 7th, 2018

Why are the fish in our lake dying? Fish kills happen in Florida. They are alarming and can be a major turn off to prospective new home owners, board members and residents.  Read on to learn why fish kills happen. #1 – Summer Heat Reduces Oxygen In Florida, low dissolved oxygen levels are by far… Read More

Controlling Midge Flies

Controlling Midge Flies

Posted August 6th, 2018

Midge Fly Swarms are Here! What are they? Midge flies are annoying flying insects most often found by bright lights near lakes and retention ponds.  Midge flies, also called blind mosquitoes, are ubiquitous throughout Florida. They belong to a very large and diverse family of aquatic insects with their immature stages occurring in the water. They… Read More

Lake Algae

Lake Algae

Posted August 3rd, 2018

Lake Algae - What to Expect in the Coming Months The Community Association Institute West Florida Chapter recently published the following article in their Community magazine that Aquatic Systems President, John Gardner penned  for HOA and Community Board members about lake algae. A Necessary Component of a Healthy Lake Algae can make the water green and slimy… Read More

Rust and Mineral Stains

Rust and Mineral Stains

Posted July 20th, 2018

Rust and Mineral Stains: Causes and Solutions What causes the reddish-brown staining on the sides of your home, community buildings, sidewalks, driveways, and pavement? Where are the spots on your vehicle originating? Iron Staining - Sidewalks and Structures Those reddish-brown stains on surfaces and structures are iron stains. Iron stains are caused when irrigation water… Read More

Pond Odors Part 3

Pond Odors Part 3

Posted July 19th, 2018

The Mystery of Pungent Plankton and Malodorous Mats Pond owners sometimes complain about a specific type of odor coming from their pond. It might be described as earthy, musty, swampy or even fishy. Most often these types of odors are a result of algae in your pond. Now let's be very clear, algae are a… Read More

Pond Odors Part 2

Pond Odors Part 2

Posted July 16th, 2018

Eliminating the Rotten Egg Reek - Add Oxygen By Dr. Josette La Hée, Senior Environmental Research Consultant In Part 1, we learned about the causes of the odor: Low Oxygen + Plenty of Anaerobic Bacteria + Lots of Organic Matter = Hydrogen Sulfide (aka rotten egg odor). Now we can dig deeper into each component beginning with… Read More

Pond Odors Part 1

Pond Odors Part 1

Posted June 26th, 2018

The Mystery of the Rotten Egg Reek By Dr. Josette La Hée, Senior Environmental Research Consultant Step outside to take a breath of fresh air....and gag! Your pond has decided to get your attention in the most effective way it can. A bad odor coming from your pond is always a sign of something being… Read More

Pond Podcast: Neighborhood Natural Areas

Pond Podcast: Neighborhood Natural Areas

Posted May 8th, 2018

Neighborhood Natural Areas – The Woods in Our Backyards Most Florida communities have natural areas somewhere within their boundaries. There are several different types: wetlands, preserves, sloughs, mitigated areas, and littoral shelf preserve areas, to name a few. They each have their own qualities, maintenance needs, requirements and regulations. This podcast covers what you need… Read More

Fish Stocking in Florida Lakes

Fish Stocking in Florida Lakes

Posted March 12th, 2018

The Community Association Institute West Florida Chapter recently published the following article in their Community magazine that Aquatic Systems Sarasota Biologist Sarah Bowen penned  for HOA and Community Board members about fish stocking for lakes. Fish Stocking Don’t forget one of the most important line items on your budget for next year: fish stocking for your pond!… Read More

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