Maintaining these types of ponds are essential to the health of the water flowing in and out of them and to keeping your storm water management system working correctly. What happens a lot of times is that they are required to be put in, but the association in charge of maintaining them forgets about them. Then they are only noticed when something goes wrong. They are actually very important for proper drainage, filtering water that needs to re-enter the water system and keeping the developments or parking lots that they are next to from flooding every time it rains. What happens over time is that the organic material such as cattails or grasses that grow in the ponds continue to grow and die each season. If they are not cut down or removed they build up on the bottom of the pond and eventually make the pond shallower than the original depth. This dead material will block the inlets (where water enters the pond) or outlets (the ponds overflow source) and cause the pond to back up, or over flow. Over grown trees, or unwanted trees can cause major problems with these inlets and outlets. This will eventually cause the water to not drain properly from the parking lots or building developments and cause flooding. If these ponds are ignored for too long they will eventually have to be dug out again which can cost thousands of dollars, most times hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Our Pond Preservation Program for large ponds is to keep these ponds from becoming un-manageable and hopefully make it so the pond will never have to be dredged again. Our maintenance program includes adding specialized treatments to keep muck levels from rising, and the water clean and clear. All of our treatments are safe for the environment; we do not use chemicals. We check the inlets and outlets to make sure they are still working, free of any debris that may block them, and free of any plant material that may be growing in the wrong areas. We also manage the plant material growing in the ponds to keep them from getting out of control. All organic material is cut down in the fall and removed from the area so that it does not build up on the bottom of the pond.