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Why canal dredging in Florida is most important to our waterways

canal dredging floridaProper hydraulic dredging of canals is vital to the maintenance of the canal’s health, quality, and recreational enjoyment. The long-term benefits of proper canal dredging are crucial to the survival of a canal.

Carefully navigating through canal waters is something many boat owners are familiar with. Sediment builds up at the bottom of the canal creating muck, which lowers the water quality and usability. 

Alligators, turtles, catfish, carp, squirrels, rabbits, deer, an abundance of spectacular birds and even the occasional bobcat love to sun on the banks of a good canal and find life in it’s flowing waters. But if a canal becomes too overgrown, or unkempt, these naturally wonderful “friends” seek solemn elsewhere, in easier to navigate water bodies.

Proper hydraulic dredging of canals encourages the growth of rare aquatic plants while weeding out unneeded “junk.” Overgrowth of reeds, for example, dominates a canal and suffocates essential marine plant life. A properly hydraulically dredged, clean canal gives ideal conditions for critical aquatic plants to thrive.

How industrial dredging is good for Florida's ecosystem!

florida ecosystem dredgingClay, sand, and silt left behind from industrial dredging are repurposed as marshes and wildlife habitats. Benefits to local wildlife and the environment include the removal of contaminated sediments and their relocation to safe, contained areas, and the improvement of water quality through the restoration of water depth and flow. 

There are notable beneficial improvements from the use of clean maintenance industrial dredgings to enhance mudflat and saltmarsh habitats and to mitigate losses of intertidal land through sea level increase and capital dredging operations.

A few ways industrial dredging is good for Florida’s ecosystem include:

  • Removal of subtidal benthic species and communities. 
  • Short-term increases in the level of suspended sediment can give rise to changes in water quality which can positively affect marine life.
  • After the suspended sediments settle, the result is the smothering of subtidal communities and adjacent intertidal communities, which is used beneficially to raise the level of selected areas to offset sea level rise and erosion.
  • In soft sediment environments recovery of animal communities generally occurs relatively quickly and more rapid recovery of communities has been observed in areas exposed to periodic disturbances, such as maintained channels.
  • In general, recovery times rise in stable gravel and sand habitats dominated by long-lived components with complex biological interactions controlling community structure.

These findings are supported by studies of the Georgia Estuary system, USA, which suggest that industrial maintenance dredging has only a short-term effect on the animal communities of the silt and clay sediments. Although almost complete removal of organisms occurs during dredging, recovery begins within one month, and within two months the communities were reported to be similar to pre-dredge conditions.

How does waterway debris removal help keep Florida's lake systems flowing?

stormwater system floridaRoutine debris removal from waterways prolongs the life of Florida water bodies and waterways by improving their appearance, preventing flooding and other property damage and enhancing the ecosystems of local streams and lakes. 

Stormwater runoff is comprised of excess rainwater that flows into larger bodies of water and local storm sewer systems. Large quantities of water that would ordinarily be absorbed into the ground in a more natural environment instead enter streams and lakes. Stormwater runoff collects pollutants, chemicals, and debris as it flows over paved surfaces and into water bodies. It also causes erosion, decreases groundwater recharge and alters aquatic environments.

Stormwater debris removal helps slow the rate of runoff from surrounding areas and improves the quality of the stormwater flowing from the retention pond. Debris-free stormwater retention ponds play a vital role in protecting public safety and private property, personal health, and overall water quality. A debris-free stormwater retention pond basin collects and traps stormwater sediment that would otherwise clog up our lakes, rivers and streams and degrade the overall environment used by fish, birds, and other wildlife.

My pond is overgrown with duck can it be saved?

muck pond dredgeThe single greatest issue that your pond faces in the spring and summer is a reduction in oxygenated water. Warmer water contains lower oxygen solubility. If your pond is overgrown with muck or you notice fish swimming to the surface trying to find air, then you know your pond needs aeration. Rest assured though, your overgrown mucky pond can be saved!

Without proper maintenance, silt, sand, muck and decomposed vegetation eventually fill your pond causing:

  • A reduction in oxygenated water
  • Reduced water storage capacity
  • Reduced water quality

Unwanted plant life and organic matter travel to the bottom of your pond which  later turns into muck. Muck contains harmful toxins that infect your water resulting in unwanted pathogens and out of control weed growth. 

Professional cleaning and maintenance of your pond not only improves the look but helps the tiny ecosystem thrive and stay beautiful and clean. A professional service ensures no unwanted hazards lurk in and around the waters and keeps everything up to par.

Why does a stormwater pond need to have sediment removed regularly?

retention pond florida dredgeRoutine maintenance prolongs the life of stormwater retention ponds, improves their appearance, prevents flooding and other property damage and enhances the ecosystems of local streams and lakes. 

Stormwater runoff is excess rainwater that flows into larger water bodies and local storm sewer systems largely due to the surrounding prevalence of hard surfaces, such as concrete. Large quantities of water that would ordinarily be absorbed into the ground in a more natural environment instead enter streams and lakes. Stormwater runoff collects pollutants, chemicals, and debris as it flows over paved surfaces and into water bodies. It also causes erosion, decreases groundwater recharge and alters aquatic environments.

In Florida, stormwater retention ponds (together with others in the area) helps slow the rate of runoff from the surrounding neighborhood and improves the quality of the stormwater flowing from the retention pond. Stormwater retention ponds play a vital role in protecting the safety of public and private property, the personal health and safety of the public, and overall water quality. Your stormwater retention pond basin collects and traps stormwater sediment that would otherwise clog up our rivers and streams and degrade the overall environment used by fish, birds, and other wildlife.

Why canal dredging in Florida is most important to our waterways

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Proper hydraulic dredging of canals is vital to the maintenance of the canal’s health, quality, and recreational enjoyment. The long-term benefits of proper canal dredging are crucial to the survival of a canal.

Read more...

How industrial dredging is good for Florida's ecosystem!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Clay, sand, and silt left behind from industrial dredging are repurposed as marshes and wildlife habitats. Benefits to local wildlife and the environment include the removal of contaminated sediments and their relocation to safe, contained areas, and the improvement of water quality through the restoration of water depth and flow. 

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