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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Can you not see the pond for the water? If the ponds and other waterways on your business or public property are infested with unwanted vegetation, learn how you can eliminate it and prevent future growth so you can enjoy your grounds again. Vegetation: Friend or Foe? When you include ponds and waterways in your landscaping, or leave them there if they were there when you bought the property, it’s…

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