What can I do to help keep my pond looking clean and healthy?

There are many things a homeowner can to keep a pond looking clean and healthy.

  • Plant a buffer strip at the water’s edge, using native plants (not sod) to trap and clean runoff from your yard before it reaches the pond.
  • Pick up animal waste and properly dispose of trash.
  • Do not place lawn clippings, leaves or other yard waste within the pond basin.
  • Preserve established trees, shrubs and other vegetation around the pond.
  • Limit the use of fertilizers. Sweep driveways and sidewalks into lawns and gardens instead of hosing them off into the streets.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. Why is stormwater runoff a problem?
3. Where does water pollution come from?
4. What are some examples of drainage problems?
5. What is the purpose of storm drains?
6. What’s the difference between a sewer drain and a storm drain?
7. Who owns the stormwater system?
8. What is an impervious area?
9. What are stormwater ponds?
10. Why do we have these ponds in our neighborhoods?
11. Why does my stormwater pond look scummy, turbid or have algae?
12. Can I swim in these ponds?
13. What can I do to help keep my pond looking clean and healthy?