Author Archives: Johnny Foster

New Law will Affect Many North Carolina Lake Dam Owners

“The Coal Ash Management Act of 2014, signed into law on September 20, 2014, requires all owners of high and intermediate hazard dams to submit Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and … Continue reading

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Net Zero Energy Headquarters for FL&PM

Net Zero Energy Headquarters Breaks Ground   IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lou Gerics, AIA   919 832 6303 gerics@innovativedesign.net Johnny Foster 919 772 8548 johnny@fosterlake.com RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, September 30, 2014 – Located in Garner, North Carolina, the new headquarters building … Continue reading

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Why is Brush Removal Around a Pond Shoreline Important?

Stormwater ponds are not designed to be attractive. They are designed to catch runoff and release cleaner water gradually. Some communities keep the ponds attractive to increase property values. Some communities simply want expenses to be as low as possible. … Continue reading

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Our Sediment Basin Includes Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Grading for our new building began 2 days after we unexpectedly had 7 inches of rain. We had no erosion on our site, but if the grading had begun before that rain it would be a different story. The first … Continue reading

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We Lost the Blueberries and Some Pecan Trees but Gained a Sediment Basin

The construction entrance was just the beginning. A state of the art sediment basin and a diversion swale has been built. We lost my blueberry bushes that were so productive just a month ago. We also lost 5 pecan trees, … Continue reading

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We Have a Construction Entrance!

It seems like it has been a very long time coming, but we have a construction entrance! Grading for our new building has begun. I bought the land for the building 7 years ago. Zoning, permitting and a sluggish economy … Continue reading

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Iron Stains from Pond Water Irrigation

I’ve been asked for information about removing iron from your pond water being used for irrigation. We have dealt with this problem many times during our 31 years in business. Rust from oxidized iron in irrigation water can stain driveways, … Continue reading

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Pond Weed Control by Mechanical Harvesting: Advantages and Disadvantages

Although it is often exhausting, messy and frustrating, mechanical harvesting of aquatic weeds and algae has its place in lake, pond and stormwater device management. Mechanical harvesting can range from dipping filamentous algae with a net to large barges equipped … Continue reading

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Property Managers Shouldn’t Limit Tools Available to Lake and Pond Managers

Property managers are extremely important to Foster Lake & Pond Management. Most of our business comes from them. Personally, I couldn’t do the work. They only hear complaints and often the people complaining have self-serving objectives that conflict with whatever … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Fountains Get Damaged During Freezing Weather

Be sure to either leave your fountain running 24 hours per day or don’t let it run at all until the weather moderates. This ridiculously cold weather will cause most lakes, ponds and stormwater devices in North Carolina to freeze … Continue reading

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