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1. â€śWhat does Foster Lake & Pond Management, Inc. do?â€ť
We are a full service aquatic and stormwater BMP management company focused on North Carolina and can provide any services or products you need. We are constantly studying new methods, products and developing technologies. Plus we are committed to explaining them to you in timely, interesting and fun to read installments. Our mission is to â€śhelp property owners enjoy their lakes and ponds and to insure that our customers are in regulatory compliance with state and local stormwater BMP regulationsâ€ť.
2. â€śThe water in that pond is nasty!â€ť
We can assess and monitor your water quality and even get EPA certified water test results if desired. Furthermore, we have the knowledge, experience and tools to improve poor water quality and develop an aesthetically pleasing body of water.
3. â€śHow do I know how many fish are in my pond!â€ť
Sometimes the only way to know is to have a fish kill or drain the pond. But, Foster Lake & Pond Management can use sophisticated technology, 30 years of experience and elbow grease to sample your lake and help you manage your population to achieve your objectives. Once we know what youâ€™ve got we can prescribe a stocking strategy based on North Carolina conditions to achieve the results you want.
4. â€śI saw your truck by our pond today and a guy was walking around the shoreline taking notes. What was he doing?â€ť
Our personnel continually assess aquatic and stormwater BMP systems to make sure everything is functioning properly. Recognizing developing conditions that can lead to problems will save money over the long term. We know what to look for, we communicate with our clients and we have the experience to recommend the most cost effective solutions.
1. â€śWhat is a BMPâ€ť?
BMP stands for Best Management Practices, and refers to the best way to manage stormwater runoff from a site. There are several types of BMPs ranging from dry ponds to level spreaders to wet ponds. Foster Lake & Pond Management, Inc. can construct, inspect, repair and maintain all of the various BMPs. We are a licensed and insured General Contractor in the State of North Carolina.
2. â€śThe City tells me my stormwater pond needs repairs. How do I find someone to do that work!â€ť
No matter what type of construction, repair or maintenance required, we can help. We regularly communicate with State regulatory personnel and consequently understand the initial and long-range costs involved with these activities. We can help determine the most cost effective methods to repair or replace a damaged drains, fix shoreline erosion, remove sedimentation, repair or replace damaged inlet or outlet pipes, reseed bare spots and mow steep pond shorelines. Furthermore, we are a licensed and insured North Carolina General Contractor.
3. â€śI had my stormwater wetland inspected and was told I need to get rid of the cattails.â€ť
Correcting developing conditions will save you money over repairing problems. A few of the services we provide for stormwater BMP maintenance include mowing grass on pond banks, controlling undesirable plants or planting desirable ones,, reseeding bare spots on dams, replacing stone or fabric on inlets or outlets and cutting brush or removing trees from dams.
4. â€śThe forebay of my stormwater pond has filled with sediment. The inspector says it must be dredged.â€ť
Dredging can be complicated. How much sediment must be removed? Where can the sediment be disposed? What access is available for equipment? Sometimes all that is needed is a mini-excavator and a dump trailer. Other times large specialized equipment is required for removal and transport. With our inexpensive bathymetric mapping service, we can measure the depth and volume of sediment that needs to be removed. As a licensed North Carolina General Contractor, we have the ability to recommend and implement the best solution to solve your problem.
5. â€śMy pond water level is dropping and I donâ€™t want to lose my fish.â€ť
Is the cause seepage, leaking, shoreline animal damage or just dry weather? Itâ€™s possible that water loss may occur through the lake or pond bottom, sides or dam. Our three decades of experience help us identify the problem, recommend and implement practical corrective actions. We know the latest materials and techniques as well as the time tested basic concepts, which enable us to be extremely cost effective. As a licensed North Carolina General Contractor, weâ€™re capable of undertaking the most complicated projects.
6. â€śI have a low spot on my property and Iâ€™d like to build a pond there.â€ť
New lake or pond construction is extremely dependent upon the site. We are familiar with North Carolina soils, water tables, regulations and appropriate construction techniques. Most of our lakes and ponds are built by constructing a dam from one hillside to another to impound runoff water. However, some can be dug on low flat ground if there is a relatively high water table to provide the water supply. The days of damming up an active stream are pretty much over because of regulations. A professional engineer will be required for most lakes and ours have the experience to avoid surprises. Contact us early and we can guide you through process of building a new pond.
A lake or a pond is just like a lawn. It needs routine maintenance or it will lose value and may require expensive renovation. With our assessment service we can thoroughly inspect everything, make recommendations and either do the work or provide you with the products you need to do the work. Regardless of your objectives, we can make sure the lake or pond is enjoyable for your family and an asset to your property value.
1. â€śI have weeds in my lake. Canâ€™t I just cut them?â€ť
Although the principal is good, mechanical removal of vegetation requires a lot of effort. Aquatic vegetation is very heavy and usually must drain or dry before being hauled off or otherwise disposed. Then, the effort may have only encouraged it to spread or become more abundant. Nevertheless, you will have removed significant volumes of plant material completely from the lake or pond. That may make it worth the effort. Other options include:
Dredging: Shallow water allows light to reach more pond bottom providing more plant growing space. Excavating sediment, muck, plant stems and roots makes the water deeper and more resistant to nuisance plant growth.
Cutting: This can be a good technique for small areas. It is highly desirable to remove the cut plant material so it doesnâ€™t spread or decay and release nutrients contributing to additional growth.
Contact us today for a free assessment of your pond!
There are two relatively inexpensive means to control aquatic nuisance vegetation. These include:
Nutrient Reduction: Simply reducing phosphorus concentrations in lakes and ponds can greatly reduce problems with algae, cyanobacteria (formerly called blue-green algae), duckweed, watermeal and other plants that must get nutrients directly from the water. Alum (aluminum sulfate) will work and has also been used to clear muddy water. PhosLock uses the element lanthanum to bind the phosphorus and lock it out of the system permanently.
Competitive Beneficial Plantings: Shoreline plantings are a great way to beautify a lake or pond, provide fish cover, reduce shoreline erosion and utilize nutrients that might otherwise encourage nuisance vegetation to grow. Plants grown in floating rafts or islands are very easy to establish and must get all their nutrients from the water since they donâ€™t have any contact with the soil. Both systems will utilize nutrients that might otherwise be used by nuisance vegetation.
3. â€śIâ€™m worried about putting algaecides and/or herbicides into my water because I donâ€™t want to kill the fish.â€ť
Most Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs are designed to provide the longest lasting, least expensive solution to the pest (in this case nuisance vegetation) problem. Many solutions start with aquatic algaecides and/or herbicides. treatments kill what they contact even if it is only part of the plant. Systemic treatments are absorbed by the plant and can kill the entire plant. Excellent treatments are available, some of which are very selective, can be applied in very small concentrations, and are very safe to the environment. We have the experience and commitment to sustainable lake and pond management to recommend the best vegetation management solution for your problem.
4. â€śIsnâ€™t there anything I can put in my pond that will eat my weeds?â€ť
We have been stocking sterile grass carp in North Carolina longer than any other private company (29 years). We know when to use them and how many to stock for the least expensive, long-term control of many types of nuisance vegetation. These grass carp cannot reproduce and do not eat fish eggs. The fish eat almost nothing but plants, but grow incredibly fast. A fish eating 1.5 pounds of vegetation this year could easily be eating 5 pounds of vegetation next year.
1. â€śShould I aerate?â€ť
Virtually all lakes and ponds benefit from aeration. The size, shape and bottom contours of the pond along with the objectives of the property owner will determine the most appropriate method of aeration. We sell only the most dependable and reputable brands of fountains, diffused air systems, circulators and surface aerators. Furthermore, we are authorized to honor warranties, maintain and repair those brands.
2. â€śHome sales in our neighborhood increased dramatically after your fountain was installed in our stormwater pond. It is really beautiful! What are the other benefits?â€ť
Our fountains are designed to look good and aerate the pond. High volume pumping rates expose lots of water to air so oxygen can be absorbed and bad gases dissolved in the water will be released. The splashing water sound is soothing and is great for muffling noise from traffic or neighbors. Lights add drama to the display at night. The rippling surface of the water helps prevent unattractive surface films of pollen, leaves and other tree litter.
3. â€śI want the least expensive aeration system I can get and I want it to be quiet and peaceful. What do you suggest?â€ť
Diffused aeration is often the most cost effective aeration method. A compressor (mounted in a sound insulated cabinet) on shore pushes air through tubing to special diffusers placed on the lake or pond bottom. Usually, the diffusers are placed in the deepest water. As the bubbles rise to the surface each bubble gets larger due to the lower pressure and the column of bubbles spreads. Poor quality water from the bottom of the lake or pond is pulled to the surface by the bubbles. The result is the complete water column can be circulated and aerated. Virtually every lake or pond benefits tremendously from aeration.
4. â€śI live on a small cove on our lake and the water gets stagnant and smells.â€ť
Similar to fountains, surface aerators pump more water volume but the spray isnâ€™t nearly as high. Thus, they may be more energy efficient than fountains for the same amount of aeration. The splashing water sound is still there and dissolved oxygen is added to the pond. We even rent units for emergency aeration.
1. â€śI bought some fish off a truck at a feed store. They were small and did not seem to be in good condition. The next day many of them were dead floating on the surface of the water. What went wrong?â€ť
Your fish may have been on the transport truck for several days. Our fish holding system uses re-circulated, chilled and filtered water so we can keep the fish in excellent condition and even feed the fish if they are held for more than a couple of days. We can recommend stocking strategies for new or renovated lakes and ponds. We can also provide supplemental stocking to achieve your objectives. Fish population sampling by electro-shocking will help us prescribe effective supplemental stocking. We have several sizes of most species and even have specialty fish for special situations. We can deliver the fish and guarantee they will arrive in good condition or you can pick them up at our offices. We will pack the fish in bags filled with oxygen at no additional charge.
2. â€śIâ€™m a bass fisherman and I want good bass fishing.â€ť
We have small bass for new ponds and big bass for older ponds. Our bass are trained on feed so they are not completely dependent upon forage fish for growth. Largemouth bass are naturally crossed with Florida strain bass in North Carolina. Therefore, you can stock the mixed species, Northern Largemouth or Florida Largemouth. Tell us your objectives and we will prescribe a stocking strategy based on 29 years of stocking experience North Carolina waters.
Contact us for all your bass stocking needs!
3. â€śI love taking my grandchildren down to the pond to catch bream. What do you recommend?â€ť
The term â€śbreamâ€ť is widely used in North Carolina for several sunfish stocked for largemouth bass forage, fishing pleasure and great eating. We prescribe various species depending upon your conditions and objectives. Utilize our experience to make sure you get the least expensive, sustainable population prescribed to meet your objectives.
4. â€śI like catching different kinds of fish. What else can be stocked in my pond?â€ť
One very popular stocking strategy for new or renovated ponds includes 10 bream (in a ratio of 7 bluegill and 3 shellcracker) for each largemouth bass stocked. Channel catfish can be considered a bonus. They wonâ€™t reproduce, are fun to catch and good to eat. Fathead minnows are good forage for young fish and help reduce problems with insects such as mosquitoes. Various other species may be appropriate depending upon your objectives and situation.
5. â€śI have a very small pond and want to be able to catch something without much trouble. What do you recommend?â€ť
Some people love catfish and some people hate them. Channel catfish are the only catfish we recommend. They are cavity nesters and most smaller lakes and ponds donâ€™t have suitable spawning cavities. Therefore, they represent a put and take fishery. Stock some, catch them out and stock some more. However, large catfish over about 3 pounds may be significant predators and must be considered when managing mixed fish populations. Depending upon your objectives we may recommend anywhere from 20 to 2,000 channel catfish be stocked per acre.
6. â€śHow do I make mysure my pond is not a source of mosquitoes.â€ť
Minnows eat insect larvae and provide food for small fish. If you can walk around the shoreline of your lake or pond and donâ€™t see any minnows, you need to stock some. Habitat enhancement can provide suitable minnow hiding places and spawning locations. We carry Fathead minnows that do an excellent job controlling mosquito populations.
Contact us today to discuss your needs!
7. â€śI havenâ€™t had any aquatic vegetation problems for the last 8 years since you stocked those grass carp. Should I add more?â€ť
These are extremely useful aquatic vegetation management tools. They are often the least expensive long-term method for controlling nuisance aquatic vegetation. They have preferred plants, but will eat any plant that isnâ€™t woody. We are experts in utilizing them over the past 30 years. We have generally found that if you stock 20 grass carp per vegetated acre you can expect control of susceptible vegetation by the end of the second year after stocking.
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