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How to Keep Your HOA Pond Water Clean and Clear

HOA ponds, also known as stormwater retention ponds, are an important component of your community’s drainage system. They help prevent localized flooding by slowing down or completely suppressing deluges of water from a rainfall event. They also retain water for a sufficient period of time so that any attached sediment and pollutants settle to the bottom of the pond. The pond releases clean water into nearby streams and larger bodies of water. Typically, the homeowner

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Should our HOA Pond Have Fish?

If you’re a homeowner association (HOA) manager tasked with the upkeep and maintenance of the ponds in your community, you may have a few residents ask if you could stock the ponds with fish. Walking across the street with your kids on a Saturday morning to do some local fishing may seem like a good idea. Still, before you start dumping trout, catfish, and other sportfish into your HOA community ponds, there’s a lot to

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How Do You Prevent Lake and Pond Erosion?

The shoreline of any pond or lake is an important barrier that helps keep the water clean and prevents it from filling up with mud and debris. In the spring, many HOA and golf course pond managers will find that the shorelines are starting to erode. Shoreline erosion is a natural process that occurs over time. What Causes Shoreline Erosion? Water is an incredibly destructive force. From the Colorado River carving out the Grand Canyon

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Pond Algae – The Good, Bad, and Ugly

“Algae” is often a catch-all term for many nuisance aquatic plants. However, that’s doing this diverse species a considerable disservice. While there are many nuisance species of algae, there are also some good ones from which aquatic life in your pond cannot exist without them. Algae play a vital role in the health and longevity of any natural or man-made body of water—whether it’s an HOA, golf course, or backyard pond. We will look at

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Stormwater Retention Pond Maintenance

Proper maintenance of your stormwater retention pond is critical to ensuring its health and longevity throughout the year. Far too often, these small bodies of water turn into potential safety hazards that threaten wildlife, safety, and property values. Mosquitoes, algae, and Mother Nature’s eventual reclamation of the pond pose constant challenges to those tasked with its maintenance. We will share a few tips on successfully maintaining your stormwater retention pond so it continues to look

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How to Keep Pond Fish Alive in the Wintertime

American Underwater Services works on ponds and lakes nationwide. Many HOAs and golf courses have beautiful ponds to enhance their appearance, and in many cases, those ponds have fish. HOA and golf course managers understand the added value these fish ponds bring to the property, and each winter, they get concerned about how to make sure their fish survive. As experts in pond cleaning, we have a little advice. Winter can be challenging for pond owners

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