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Are your stormwater ponds covered in unsightly algae or plagued with costly eroding banks? If so, we can help. The Healthy Pond Collaborative (HPC) is a partnership with START, the Sarasota County NEST Program the Manatee County Department of Natural Resources, the University of Florida IFAS Extension, the Suncoast Waterkeeper and the Science and Environment [...]

Extensive algal growth is a key sign that your stormwater ponds are not healthy. You have excess nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) in the water that sustains ever-expanding algae. Unsightly algal blooms reduce the efficiency of your ponds to filter stormwater as it flows downstream to the Bay and the Gulf providing a food source for [...]

The Healthy Pond Collaborative is delighted to announce the availability of The Healthy Ponds Guide, a homeowners guide to establishing and maintaining healthy stormwater ponds in Southwest Florida. The Guide was written by members of the University of Florida IFAS Sarasota, Manatee and Polk County Extensions, the Sarasota County Public Works, Environmental Stormwater Utility and [...]

While the Suncoast was very fortunate to dodge the full brunt of IAN, many communities still experienced some major damage with downed trees and broken branches, wind-blown landscaping and some lost roof shingles and damaged lanai screens. As a result, START was very concerned about how the aquatic pond plants faired that we planted recently [...]

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