Bacteria…it’s not always bad!

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        Before and after of a client in New Bern, NC – severe algae infestation. Best management practice was to first treat with EPA approved algaecides and then reduce nutrient overloading by introducing beneficial bacteria to the system.     When most people think of bacteria, they picture nasty little bugs and germs and other things that we enjoy attacking with Lysol, bleach and other caustic chemicals. However, in the world of pond management, bacteria are becoming one of the … Read More

Long Leaf Mall Bioretention Makes the Grade with NCSU

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What happens to all that rain after the recent downpours?  Well if you’re in a parking lot, a lot of things happen to the rain, and most of them aren’t good.  Parking lots – although helpful for shopping convenience – can become catch basins for indirect pollutants.  Trash, petroleum products from vehicles and sediment are just three of the potential hazards when carried from storm drains to watersheds closely located around any parking lot. We partnered with the NCSU Department … Read More

Welcome to Charleston, SC – Lowcountry Erosion Solutions

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  They don’t call it Lowcountry for nothing!  Along with cultural and historical significance, South Carolina’s “Lowcountry” earned its title from geographical phenomena also.  Shifting sands down here in Charleston, SC can cause some drainage problems to pop up in ponds, lakes and streams, particularly after hard summer storms.  And what is the number one pollutant in the U.S.?  The answer is sediment! While sediment doesn’t sound as detrimental as petroleum or phosphorous products found in runoff from parking lots or lawn fertilizers, it is … Read More

Stormy Weather Brings Pond Repairs To The Surface

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A couple of weeks ago there were some pretty intense rain bursts in Raleigh, Wilmington, Charleston and Charlotte and when Mother Nature talks – you stand up and listen!  Below are some of the results of those natural temper tantrums:   Fountain with three display heads broken off,  likely from quickly moving debris.   Riser clogged with debris that was collected from fast-moving water after a downpour. A bridge that became detached from its base and inadvertently became a floating dock. … Read More

What Kudzu Can Do – Preventing Damage To Dry Ponds

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Image courtesy of Dailykos.com These are two short clips (via before and after links) to show the damage that kudzu can do to a dry pond and its full restoration as performed by Dragonfly Pond Works.   When we arrived on the site, located in Charlotte North Carolina, we were greeted with a sea of green leaves…you wouldn’t even know that there is a riser at the bottom of this mess! Before – Dry Pond with kudzu Kudzu is a vine … Read More

Zika Virus Travels from Florida to North Carolina

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Aedes aegypti and A. albopictus Mosquitoes Image courtesy of the University of Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory By now you may have heard that Zika has made its way across the Caribbean to Miami, Florida, and now to North Carolina.  Currently the arrival of Zika in North Carolina has only been identified as being “travel-associated” cases – meaning individuals have traveled to an area infected with the virus that is not in North Carolina, have been bitten, and brought the … Read More

Dam Repairs

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We were asked to survey a site in a Greensboro, NC subdivision that had a beaver dam obstructing an emergency spillway.  Emergency spillways are devices used to carry runoff in times of floods or sudden, heavy rains. Unfortunately, the beavers were very successful in creating a solid wall that had resulted in the water continually topping the dam.   Removing the beaver dam allowed the pond to  drain down to normal levels so that the full scope of the work could … Read More

What’s Happening in Wilmington

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The coastal branch in Wilmington, NC was awarded a dredging contract at the Cape Fear Public Utilities Authority’s Sweeney Treatment Plant location in May and work was completed in June.  Our project team was comprised of Scott and Josh. The project consisted of excavating 5 dry ponds that have filled in with silt.  After a brief check-in with the client, they hit the ground running.  Excavations began with removing one foot of depth from each of the 5 separate dry ponds … Read More

Keep It Moving!

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We know air is important above the surface of the water, but did you know it’s also important below the surface too? Aerators and fountains are not just used to add a visual appeal to a pond, but also serve a vital purpose.   Both aerators and fountains facilitate movement of the water which reduces algae growth, bacterial settlement and increases oxygen in the water to support fish life.  We had the unfortunate call – one we never want to receive … Read More

New Arrivals

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Congratulations!  It’s a boy, and a girl, and a boy, and a girl….(actually we have no idea which is which), but we do know that they’re young and hungry for mosquitoes! Today brought the arrival of our newest additions, dragonfly larvae!  Since supplies are limited, our staff will be distributing them into the ponds of regular maintenance clients throughout this week and next. Stay tuned for an email announcing their arrival in your pond…