Algae, or alga in the singular, is an informal catch-all term for a large diverse group of organisms that are not necessarily closely related. In Florida freshwater systems, the “algae” that most often causes issues is cyanobacteria, sometimes known as “blue-green algae”, and is actually not a true algae at all. Cyanobacteria can express itself in several forms including colonial hair-like filaments, floating mats often referred to as “pond scum”, a slimy coating on plants, or suspended in the water column looking like so much pea soup.
Cyanobacteria is an important component of a healthy pond system and contributes greatly to the oxygenation of the water. In many artificial, human-made waterways such as stormwater basins and canals, excessive runoff is an omnipresent issue which results in nutrient loading from eroded sediment, grass clippings, pet and wild animal waste, and landscaping fertilizers. Such conditions can upset the balance of an aquatic system. Cyanobacteria is exceptionally efficient at removing these free nutrients from the water and utilizing them for growth. Unfortunately, this can result in massive, explosive algal blooms and the release of harmful toxins which the cyanobacteria produce as a line of defense against other competing organisms. These toxins can be extremely harmful to fish and other wildlife, pets, and humans.
Management of the conditions that cause algal blooms in the form of reduction of nutrient loading is the first step in controlling cyanobacteria. Lake & Wetland Management coaches its customers in maintaining a balanced, healthy system by working with homeowners, landscapers, and property managers to make intelligent, informed decisions. In addition, Lake & Wetland Management is an industry leader that assists its customers in keeping their ponds and lakes clean and healthy and maintaining cyanobacteria concentrations at beneficial, manageable levels.
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