Quality Control Stickers – Insights              

When fall and the cold of winter approach, a lot of things still need to be done to ensure the health of our lakes and storm water retention ponds. Since the algae and unwanted aquatic vegetation that often plagues a pond during the warmer months of spring and summer fades away and goes dormant for winter, many homeowners often turn their attention away from their lakes and storm water ponds. What many people do not know is that what is done, or not done, during these months may be just as important as what is done during the warmer months of the year with these water bodies.You can learn more at Quality Control Labels in Granite Bay

Some of the most important contributors to water quality problems in a lake or pond is the mass loading of the reservoir with pollutants flowing in from yards, sidewalks , driveways, highways, roofs and all other impervious surfaces within a neighborhood. Most people tend to rely heavily on the lawns and shrubs for fertilizer during the fall. Improper or overuse of these products can have very detrimental effects on the water to which they flow. Both neighborhood and watershed residents will pay careful attention to label directions and ensure that a sufficient amount of fertilizer is added annually.

Communities that have aeration in their ponds, whether it is a floating fountain aerator or a diffused air submerged aeration device, should take this opportunity to conduct the necessary routine maintenance. It is imperative that these aeration systems continue to run all winter long. The benefits of aeration at a pond are not limited to warm months alone.

Additionally , in recent years, much research has been done to develop beneficial microbes that are effective in breaking down nutrients and organic buildup in ponds, even during cooler weather conditions. Both products work very well in combination with aeration to extract the accumulated nutrient and chemical buildup from the lakes and wetlands, thereby returning the ecosystem to an ecological equilibrium and helping to prevent other future water quality issues.

Eventually, preventing the penetration of sunlight into the water column by adding dye would help insure that any undesirable vegetation that sits dormant on the bottom during the winter will not be able to emerge from that winter dormancy in the spring.

Most particularly, pay attention to your wetlands and the underlying and affecting environmental activities. Mind that if dealt with correctly most issues can be avoided. The movement of pollutants into our ponds doesn’t stop just because the weather gets cold, so why should these wetlands interrupt our management and stewardship? Responsible maintenance of the lake and the wetlands is a year-round endeavor.