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Restoring the (Vegetation) Balance

Aquatic Controls

Vegetation is essential for a healthy aquatic habitat, but too much of the wrong kind of vegetation has adverse effects on that environment. In order to maintain the balance that enhances habitat quality, vegetation control programs should target nuisance plants and avoid harming desirable ones. Herbicides are safe solutions for selective removal of vegetation, as long as they’re applied correctly and regulations are followed. Aquatic Vegetation Even underwater plants produce oxygen during photosynthesis, where sunlight, water and carbon dioxide combine to produce plant tissue. That process provides a major source of oxygen for aquatic animal life. Plants are also an important part of the aquatic food chain, with both microscopic plants (algae), or phytoplankton, and larger algae and flowering plants — macrophytes — providing food sources for zooplankton, insects, fish, waterfowl and mammals. Plants also provide habitat and shelter for fish, waterfowl and other wildlife. When Aquatic Vegetation Is Harmful …more

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June 6, 2017


How to Avoid Flooding From Waterways and Rivers

Aquatic Controls

Floods are on the increase as a consequence of global warming but also because of poorly maintained waterways. Water damage to homes and businesses can be devastating as a result of flooding. However, there are solutions that minimize the risk of floods from rivers and waterways which are easy to implement and can set in place a maintenance program. Read on for just a few practical ideas on ways to avoid a flood. Protect Wetland Areas Natural wetland areas are a haven for wildlife but also prevent flooding by absorbing high levels of water. By protecting these areas such as not building on the land and using floating pontoons instead of concrete, flooding can be prevented. Planting trees in strategic areas to create woodland is another natural way of removing excess water from rivers and waterways. Poor soil management also leads to flooding. Encourage farmers and gardeners in the area …more

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May 8, 2017


Aquatic Vegetation Control: Environmentally Sound, Effective Solutions

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The efficiency and capacity of irrigation ditches and systems; holding and settling ponds; stocked ponds and lakes; open tanks; streams, creeks and slow-moving or meandering rivers can be severely affected by aquatic vegetation and algae. In particular, non-native and/or invasive species, aquatic plants and algae can destroy a habitat, reduce holding and flow capacity, de-aerate water, raise water temperature, and affect water quality. Aquatic plants and algae can also destroy the aesthetics of an aqueous system. Through the use of safe, environmentally friendly chemicals that target specific species, it is possible to control or eradicate non-native and/or invasive varieties of aquatic plants and algae. Depending on the geography of the surrounding land and the size of a water habitat/system, control of aquatic vegetation and algae is generally administered using one, or a combination, of four approaches. In addition to the geography of the area, the types of aquatic plants and …more

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April 10, 2017


Can Chemicals Safely Destroy Invasive Species in Ponds and Waterways?

Aquatic Controls

Many people work long hours just so they can live in a place with a pond, lake or another waterway nearby. Unfortunately, pests and invasive species enjoy waterways just as much as we do, and if you’re not careful, they can destroy your serene aqua environment. In some instances, chemical controls are the only effective way to rid a waterway of invasive species, and if you’re wondering whether chemical controls are safe, the following information should help. Why Are Chemical Controls More Effective? Before understanding whether chemical controls are safe, you must first recognize why they’re necessary. After all, if another form of invasive species control worked, why would we even need chemical controls? The truth of the matter is that other forms of control sometimes fail at getting the job done. In fact, these controls can actually make the matter worse. Physical measures, for instance, have been shown to …more

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March 8, 2017


5 Factors to Consider When Controlling Aquatic Vegetation

Aquatic Controls

  Plants are often an essential component of many aquatic environments. However, in many instances aquatic vegetation, especially in excess, can prove detrimental for a variety of reasons. When you’re controlling aquatic vegetation, it’s important to remember that the most effective methods to use will depend on a number of factors. 1. Type of Water Water that is static will require different methods to control vegetation than water that is flowing. The Virginia Cooperative Extension states that dredging and deepening is an adequate method of controlling vegetation in a shallow pond. Herbicide application can also be successful in smaller bodies of static water. Flowing water may require other methods such as mechanical or biological treatments. If there are any chemicals in flowing water, it’s often recommended to use herbicides that can be absorbed quickly, and to apply them during times of minimal wind. You should make sure to use herbicides that are …more

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February 8, 2017


The Old Muddy: Keeping the Algae Balance in the Mississippi

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Although algae is a naturally occurring vegetation, pollution adversely affects its growth. Too much or too little algae harms the water supply, and this imbalance has become a big problem in the Big Muddy. Since approximately 18 million U.S. residents living in more than 50 towns and cities depend on the Mississippi River for their water supply, maintaining the algae balance is a priority. Aquatic vegetation control and chemical control programs are essential for these residents’ health and the health of aquatic life and wildlife in the area. Algae Basics Green algae are necessary for a healthy river, lake or other body of water. They reduce the amount of carbon dioxide while increasing the oxygen level in the water and the atmosphere. Algae also serves as a food source for aquatic life, including small fish and plankton. They, in turn, feed the larger species. Blue-green algae mean trouble for water …more

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January 13, 2017


Protecting Aquatic Ecosystems Through Vegetation and Chemical Control

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Balanced aquatic ecosystems have suffered from human activity throughout history, creating conditions that turn picturesque bodies of water into diseased lakes, ponds and rivers. Typically, the problem begins with the introduction of chemicals or plants foreign to the local ecosystem. Altering the floral or chemical profile of a body of water may spark a critical change, causing algae blooms or poisoning healthy plants that help maintain aquatic balance. Protecting bodies of water through chemical and plant control preserves a healthy ecosystem. Chemical Imbalances Destroy Ecosystems Due to frequent use in households and businesses, local run-offs that contain phosphorus and nitrogen from commonly used products such as detergents often seep into bodies of water. Sometimes, floods transport these and other chemicals to ponds, lakes and rivers that would normally never endure exposure to pollutants. Depending on the contaminant that enters the water, you may risk a die-off of healthy plants or …more

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December 13, 2016


Is the Wrong Vegetation Destroying Your Lake or Pond?

Aquatic Controls

Whether you’re working for a park service or a chemical company, if you’re responsible for maintaining the health of a body of water, you know how critical the task is. If the wrong vegetation is negatively affecting your ponds, waterways, bayous, rivers or lakes, you need to identify the problem and fix it quickly. Problems Caused by the Wrong Vegetation Too much, or the wrong type of, vegetation can have a real impact on the bodies of water for which you’re responsible. For example, aquatic pests can: Limit access to swimming. No one wants to swim in a lake that is an odd color or has a noxious odor. In addition, when plants on or under the water grab at a swimmer’s arms and feet, visitors will find other places to go. Limit access to fishing. Aquatic pests can remove oxygen from the water and kill off fish or stunt …more

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November 21, 2016


Sustainable Environments: Aquatic Vegetation and Safe Chemical Control

Aquatic Controls

The equilibrium of any aquatic environment is fragile and easily threatened by aquatic pests and harmful native and non-native invasive species. Whether it’s a stream, a lake, a bayou, a pond, or a river, many aquatic environments require active management to maintain the health of the ecosystem. Understanding the problems that harmful invasive species can cause as well as the solutions for dealing with them will make for natural water environments that are both healthier and more enjoyable. Threats and Problems from Aquatic Plants The right aquatic plants provide a wide range of benefits to their ecosystem, from providing nutrients, oxygen, and nesting habitats for fish to detoxifying chemicals and adding beauty to the environment. The wrong plants – or even an overabundance of the helpful plants – can be devastating to an ecosystem. Besides limiting the enjoyment of water recreation, dense growth of plants like algae can restrict and …more

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October 14, 2016


5 Preventative Measures to Control Aquatic Vegetation in Your Pond

Aquatic Controls

A beautiful, healthy pond is a source of enjoyment, but it can also host a variety of thriving plant and fish life. Several types of aquatic vegetation, however, are either detrimental to the overall well-being of a pond or do not provide any aesthetic value. The following information describes five preventative measures to control aquatic vegetation in your pond. 1. Control Water Levels Water levels in a pond can be adjusted to reduce the growth of certain plants. The Virginia Cooperative Extension states that pond drawdown done during the winter months can effectively reduce or eliminate plant species such as cattails, since it exposes vegetation to freezing temperatures and strong winds. Make sure the bottom of the pond freezes at least 4 inches deep for several weeks to eliminate all unwanted vegetation. Remove any exposed plants when water levels are lowered because the dying plants could promote new growth when …more

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September 13, 2016


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