Pond Management

Pond

Photo by Vic Smothers

In Southern California, the majority of ponds are man-made. Ponds, whether natural or man-made, can be beautiful and provide for fun activities, but they need to be properly constructed and managed in order to provide beneficial uses. A pond that has not been properly engineered or managed can experience a wide range of problems including sedimentation, erosion that can cause damage downstream, fish die-offs, thick algae that can cover the pond’s surface and negatively affect water quality, and provide habitat for invasive plants that can block access to or views of the pond.

 

Preventing Pond Problems discusses controlling water flow into and out of the pond, as well as managing water quality, erosion control, pond management and keeping invasive plants and weeds from impacting the quality of the pond.

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Best Management Practices for Ponds is a presentation about how to properly manage a pond for maximum health and enjoyment.

 

 

Common Pond Problems describes common pond problems and how they can be managed and controlled.

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Pond Aeration explains how to implement this important practice for keeping a pond healthy and free of choking algae.

 

Don't Stock A Pest discusses what animals should be prevented from entering a pond as they can become invasive and problematic. The impacts introduced species have on native animals are also discussed.

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Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides free conservation technical assistance to private landowners and organizations.

The USDA Service Center serving San Diego County residents is the Escondido Service Center located at:

900 Canterbury Place, Suite 320

Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: (760) 745-2061

Fax: (760) 745-3210