community magazine CAI community magazine December 2017 - Page 40

Strategies Proactive management strategies, like beneficial buffers and aeration, can help enhance the health and beauty of an irrigation pond and limit depend- ence on algaecides and herbicides. Sustainable solutions for the management of lakes and ponds in your community As lakes and ponds age, they are continually impacted by sedimenta- tion and nutrient enrichment. Eventually, sediment and nutrient over- load can lead to poor water quality and increased algae and nuisance aquatic vegetation blooms. It is extremely important to establish main- tenance programs for community lakes and ponds which also function as stormwater management facilities. A key feature of these programs is the ongoing management of invasive vegetation and algal blooms. The repetitive application of pesticides as the primary strategy for vegetation control is not environmentally sustainable, and the man- agement focus is shifting toward non-chemical methods. In addition, due to tightened regulations and general public wariness regarding the use of algaecides and herbicides, it is becoming increasingly im- portant to find alternatives for our nuisance aquatic vegetation treat- ment programs. By Shannon Junior Ecologist SOLitude Lake Management 888-480-LAKE 40 Integrated Pest Management Plan Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a comprehensive approach to pest management that includes many non-chemical strategies before or along with the use of pesticides. The implementation of a long- term, proactive IPM Plan for algae and aquatic weed management community • December 2017 WWW.CAIWESTFLORIDA.ORG