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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 is stormwater retention pond construction so important?

pond floridaStormwater runoff is made up of excess rain water which flows into larger bodies of water and storm sewer systems thanks to the abundance of hard surfaces, like concrete. Without concrete, large quantities of water would be absorbed into the ground instead of entering streams and lakes. Stormwater retention ponds collect pollutants, chemicals, and debris from paved surfaces to prevent it from entering into water bodies. Without stormwater retention ponds, this water causes erosion, decreased groundwater recharge and alteration of important aquatic environments.

Retention ponds or "wet ponds" are ponds constructed to treat and store stormwater runoff. Retention ponds are permanent pools of standing water that eventually empty into a receiving water body. Forebays are included in the design of retention ponds to "pretreat" the stormwater before it spills over into a major water feature.  Water is treated through sedimentation and nutrient uptake.

Benefits of stormwater retention ponds include:

  • Improved water quality in surrounding water bodies. Retention ponds manage stormwater quantity and quality, lessening the transfer of pollutants and chemicals into nearby water bodies.
  • Aesthetic appeal. A retention pond may enhance aesthetics via plant selection, plant placement, topography and pedestrian access options.
  • Increased biodiversity. Biodiversity is defined as the variation of life forms in a given ecosystem. Landscaping with ponds and different varieties of plants can add to the  natural environment.
  • Wildlife habitat. Retention ponds provide habitats for animals, organisms, and insects.
  • Water conservation. Water that is stored in retention ponds is available for non-potable human uses such as irrigation.
  • Flood prevention. Stormwater quantity reductions minimize the risk of flooding in nearby areas.
  • Minimization of erosion. Stormwater quantity reductions minimize erosion in the nearby area and along the banks of water bodies.

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Dredging Keeps your Stormwater Retention Ponds Clear

dredging stormwater retention pondNo matter how or for what purpose a pond was constructed, all ponds are in a dying process from day one. Muck is formed at the bottom of the pond in the form of organic matter like algae, leaves, weeds, mold or mildew settling and building up a residue.

Due to the nutrients and toxic gases that encourage overgrowth of weeds and algae, muck deteriorates the natural ecosystem natural to the pond and dredging is a highly efficient and economical way of eliminating the pond scum from the pond and returning it to fresh, new life.

Dredging a stormwater retention pond, in particular, slows the rate of the runoff from storm water, protecting surround neighborhoods from flooding and improving the overall quality of the water exiting from the pond, or being used in irrigation systems. Dredging prevents the retention pond from acting as a sediment collector and seeping into storm water that ultimately clogs streams and rivers, lowering the quality of life and environment for fish, birds and other wildlife.

At C&M Environmental, our eco-friendly dredging system utilizes compact, easily deployable dredging and harvesting equipment to remove accumulated sediment, sand, vegetation and debris from your storm water retention and storage area. We return your storm water system to its initial design capacity and help prepare you for Florida's storm season.

Our dewatering tubes are placed around the perimeter of your pond system to quietly, and efficiently dewater the sediment removed with the hydraulic dredging system. Rapid mobilization and non-invasive equipment are the key components to a fast, efficient and effective storm water pond or lake restoration project.

Only cleaned water is returned to the waterway, and there is minimal need for site restoration. Our methods do not harm pond or lagoon liners, and your pond is restored to its most efficient, functional state.

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Routine 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. 

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My pond is overgrown with duck can it be saved?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The 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!

Read more...

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