Erosion Control / Shoreline Management

Shoreline erosion is a serious concern for many ponds, lakes, and stormwater systems. Over time; wind, waves, and overland flow can cause damage to shorelines and around inlet/outlet structures. This problem affects many developments, homeowners associations, golf courses, commercial properties, and private residences.

The effects can be loss of shoreline, failure of inlet/outlet structures, formation of open cracks and gullies, failure of dams and/or embankments. Not to mention, this causes a significant eyesore and potential safety hazards. Once started, this the erosion process will only continue to worsen unless corrective actions are taken. Early detection and intervention is the best way to prevent damage and reduce cost.

Fortunately, we can employ several mitigation techniques to combat this problem. One of the best solutions, and often the most appealing, is a vegetative shoreline buffer. Also called a riparian buffer, this solution uses plants and natural materials to strengthen and beautify the shoreline. Also adding an element of filtration, buffers help alleviate excess nutrient loading of the waterbody. Other techniques may involve reshaping and armoring high impact areas with riprap, such as inlets and outlets.

Mosquito Control

Pesky mosquitos can become a serious issue around any waterbody due to the mosquito life cycle revolving around water. Ponds that have significant amounts of aquatic vegetation, algae, and muck provide these critters with even more habitat to lay eggs. Clearwater Lake & Pond uses several methods to biologically control and inhibit mosquito activity.

Mosquito control can be included in our monthly maintenance programs.

Prevention

Mosquitos thrive in stagnant water and do not do well in places where there is water movement. The addition of a fountain or bottom diffused aeration system gently circulates the water and thereby drastically reducing the number of mosquito larvae present. These systems also significantly improve water quality and reduce bottom muck build up.

Several prevention products can also be used to control mosquito larvae around ponds and lakes. One of the most effective and widely used is a naturally occurring beneficial bacteria called Bacillus thurengiensis. This environmentally friendly product kills mosquito larvae once they ingest it.

Other methods of biological mosquito control include the stocking of a small, minnow-like fish called Gambusia. Appropriately called the “mosquito fish,” they function to feed on mosquito larvae. Known to be a fairly hardy fish, they are often used in the Carolinas for biological mosquito control.