stormwater ponds

The Mira Lago community in Sarasota was built in 1991 with 183 residences housing a population of approximately 320 residents. The community has four stormwater detention ponds, Crane, Egret, Heron and Spoonbill. In 2017 Mira Lago was hit hard during Hurricane Irma and water quality in their ponds deteriorated significantly. Seeking help, acting President Carol [...]

Spring is just around the corner and that means it’s time to check the health of your community’s stormwater detention ponds. Do they look like the one shown above with clear algae-free water and a well- planted No Mow Zone to guard against costly bank erosion? If not, it’s time to contact the Healthy Pond [...]

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 [...]

Some of your ponds may even show signs of costly erosion as shown above. Bank erosion will fill up your pond with soil limiting its capacity to hold stormwater requiring costly bank remediation or even dredging. If your community is facing these problems with your ponds, you should contact our Healthy Pond Collaborative (HPC) for [...]

Thanks to the generous funding from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, the Healthy Pond Collaborative-Manatee (HPC-Manatee) just concluded Year One of the three-year grant with a record number of visited pond communities and newly planted shoreline with aquatic plants that help reduce unsightly agal growth and costly bank erosion. The HPC-Manatee has been led [...]

The Science & Technology Society hosted a panel discussion with red tide experts on the evening of April 17th at the Planetarium in the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature in Bradenton. The panel discussed the many facets of red tide from what causes it, concerns about its impacts on the environment, our economy and [...]

Thanks to Lambda Alpha International’s popular global webinar on Coastal Water Quality that aired on February 17th, the advice and successful experiences of some of the Suncoast’s leading experts and stakeholders working on water quality have now reached a world-wide audience. For those of you who may have missed this important event, we are providing [...]

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