Category Archives: Stormwater Device (BMP) Management

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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What is that Surface Scum on my Pond? Cyanobacteria… What?!

  Until recently, this surface film was considered a form of “blue-green algae”. We now know that there is no such thing as “blue-green algae”. Blue-green algae are actually classified as bacteria and are correctly called cyanobacteria. As bacteria, they … Continue reading

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Hot Summer Fish Stocking can be Risky

  It is happening again. Customers call or stop by wanting fish for stocking into their ponds and we have to tell them we are sorry. Perhaps they want sterile grass carp to eat nuisance vegetation. Some have lost fish … Continue reading

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Six Beneficial Shoreline Plants for North Carolina Lakes and Ponds

  Gone are the days when property owners expect a lake, pond or stormwater device to have absolutely no plants. Aquatic plants can be very beneficial environmentally. They remove excess nutrients from the water, provide habitat for all kinds of … Continue reading

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I Believe Floating Plant Rafts will Revolutionize Stormwater Management

  The concept of floating plant rafts reducing nutrients in stormwater intrigues me. The floating rafts can be planted with a huge variety of different plants. The plants do not have contact with soil, so they must get all of … Continue reading

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Don’t Try to Get Fountain Motors Fixed Yourself!

Believe me; I learned that the hard way! I have been selling and maintaining fountains for 30 years. In the beginning I didn’t want to spend the time and money to ship a fountain back to the manufacturer for repairs. … Continue reading

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“Triangle Business Journal” (North Carolina) article about Foster Lake & Pond Management, Inc.

One of our good friend clients found this journal article online and suggested I include it on my blog, so here it is. It is a few years old, but the information is still good. Triangle Business Journal – January … Continue reading

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Warm Winter Weather in North Carolina May Trigger Nuisance Algae Blooms

Recent warm weather in North Carolina, and probably much of the rest of the country, is creating nuisance algae problems in lakes, ponds and stormwater devices. Property owners need to know why this is occurring, what can be done and … Continue reading

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Foster Lake & Pond Management is Your Stormwater Warrior

  Stormwater has been identified as the biggest source of water pollution in North Carolina. Foster Lake & Pond Management has waged war on stormwater pollution for 30 years. I am sure we have inspected, maintained and repaired more stormwater … Continue reading

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