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Mar
05
2018

Why are retention ponds so prevalent in Florida?

By: Nicole Stevens

Florida, known as the Sunshine State, has a notoriously rainy wet season. Retention Ponds In Florida

Anyone who's lived in Florida long enough can tell you, late summer and early fall brings record-breaking rainfalls each year. On average, a wet season in Florida can bring 70 inches of rain! With all that rain water, where does it all go? Florida is prevalent with retention ponds for this very reason. Without the help of all these retention ponds, hurricane season could be much more problematic than it already can be.

Ever expanding subdivisions and residential areas can be hit the hardest if there are no retention ponds present. Much of these areas have impermeable surfaces and would have nowhere for storm water to runoff too. This would induce flooding and cause other issues such as problems with the sewage lines. It's becoming a requirement in newly built neighborhoods to include a retention pond.

The main purpose of the retention ponds is to hold onto the storm runoff or any kind of runoff in general and release the water at various flow rates. The water is naturally processed without additional equipment when in a retention pond, and also improves the water quality.

Other positives that come alongside the addition of a retention pond are the new habitats are created, such as homes for various fish and amphibians, even ducks and other forms of wildlife.

All in all, retention ponds in Florida are incredibly important to the growing population and construction throughout the state. It keeps everything around it safe and dry while it constantly stays full and wet!

Jan
16
2018

Can a clean waterfront help keep snakes and alligators away?

Like every other living creature on the planet, snakes and alligators seek a steady food supply and safe shelter. So, it only makes sense that to control the presence of snakes and alligators near your waterfront, sources of food and shelter must be controlled first. Can a clean waterfront help keep snakes and alligators away?

Snakes and alligators love to find shelter in areas with excess weeds, vegetation, and piles of debris. These areas also double as an excellent hiding spot for small rodents, which make them an ideal source of food.

Clean waterfronts provide extra protection by helping us see snakes or alligators before we get too close to them. Clean waterfronts also make waterways much more navigable and provide added protection for beneficial wildlife to flourish. Overgrown waterfronts choke the life out of native wildlife and threaten our fragile ecosystem.

Ideally, a well-kept waterfront provides a safe and healthy environment for everyone and lets us enjoy everything nature has to offer from a safe distance, away from danger. Professional Waterfront Cleanup can give you peace of mind by cleaning up your waterfront to make it safe and enjoyable for everyone.  

Nov
27
2017

Five secrets to enjoy your backyard canal.

If you're the lucky owner of land with a backyard canal, you know the enjoyment that comes from living near wildlife and the wealth of flora and fauna that are truly a splendor to behold. Secrets to enjoy your backyard canal.

If your backyard canal is overgrown or filled with muck, however, you probably want to discover ways to improve your canal and make the canal more navigable.

Here are five little-known secrets of successful canals and how to enjoy your backyard canal:

1. Improve your water quality - If you enjoy taking your boat out onto your backyard canal, you know you have to use caution to navigate around the amount of muck in the water body. Muck is comprised of sediments that form at the bottom of a body of water. The more muck your water has, the greater impact it has on the water quality. Having your canal dredged removes the sediment and dramatically improves your water quality.

2. Make life more enjoyable for your four-legged, winged and gilled friends - Landowners living on a well-kept canal often enjoy glimpses of wildlife kept hidden from the hustle and bustle of life elsewhere. From alligators to turtles, catfish, carp, squirrels, rabbits, deer, an abundance of spectacular birds and even the occasional bobcat love to sun on the banks of a good canal and find life in it's flowing waters. But if a canal becomes too overgrown, or unkempt, these naturally wonderful "friends" seek solemn elsewhere, in easier to navigate water bodies.

3. Give life to healthy, rare aquatic plants - "weed" out the rest. - Dredging your canal encourages the growth of rare aquatic plants while weeding out "junk." Overgrowth of reeds, for example, dominates a canal and suffocates important aquatic plant life. A dredged, clean canal gives ideal conditions for important aquatic plants to thrive.

4. Keep boating the way it was meant to be - relaxing. - Navigating through thick underbrush and muck wasn't exactly what Jimmy Buffet was singing about when he wrote all those songs about boating. Because Jimmy Buffet knew that at its core, boating was meant to be fun and relaxing! And, what's a good body of water for if not to put a boat in? So, change your latitude and change your latitude by having your canal clean and ready for when the mood strikes.

5. Keep your water happy, and your neighbors happy - a well-designed canal dredging project is conducted using studies, surveys and inspections to develop a solution that is feasible and works well with your community. Inaccessible or challenging areas are reached with minimal disruption to surrounding property and in less time with less money than alternative solutions.

Professional Waterfront Cleanup can help you achieve a stunning canal front, click here for a free quote to get started. 

Oct
09
2017

Why do we need to keep stormwater retention ponds clean?

Whether you are an individual property owner, an HOA representative or a commercial property manager, routine maintenance prolongs the life of your stormwater retention pond, improves its appearance, prevents flooding and other property damage and enhances the ecosystems of local streams and lakes. Why do we need to keep stormwater retention ponds clean?

Stormwater runoff is excess rain water that flows into larger water bodies and local storm sewer systems mainly due to the surrounding prevalence of hard surfaces, such as concrete. Large quantities of water that would ordinarily be absorbed into the ground in a more natural environment instead enter streams and lakes. Stormwater runoff collects pollutants, chemicals, and debris as it flows over paved surfaces and into water bodies. It also causes erosion, decreases groundwater recharge and alters aquatic environments.

Your stormwater retention pond (together with others in the area) helps slow the rate of runoff from the surrounding neighborhood and improves the quality of the stormwater flowing from the retention pond. Stormwater retention ponds play a vital role in protecting the safety of public and private property, the personal health and safety of the public, and overall water quality. Your stormwater retention pond's basin collects and traps stormwater sediment that would otherwise clog up our rivers and streams and degrade the overall environment used by fish, birds, and other wildlife.

If you have a rentention pond that needs some TLC, contact the experts at Professional Waterfront Cleanup for a free estimate. 

Aug
21
2017

Here is the best way to remove Spanish moss.

While Spanish moss causes no harm to the tree upon which it resides, many homeowners desire it's removal for aesthetic reasons or for fear that too much of the moss will shield sunlight from reaching the grass or a garden beneath a tree. Spanish moss removal techniques.

In any case, the complete removal of Spanish moss (especially from very large trees) should be handled by a professional to avoid skin irritation, unexpected felling of branches, or other tree-care related dangers. Should you attempt to go it alone, and want to remove it from a small, reachable area, here are a few tips to help get you started:

A word of caution: Always wear gloves when handling any tree work (including the removal of Spanish moss, as it is often infested with tiny bugs that cause skin irritation)
Step 1:
Rake only the lower limbs of the tree containing the Spanish moss. Pull the moss down with either your basic garden rake or by taking a long, sturdy pole with mounted with a hook at the end to grab the moss and pull it down. A 7-foot wooden dowel (2 to 3 inches in diameter) and a 2 to 3-inch hook are available for purchase at most local hardware stores.

Step 2:
WITH GLOVES, use your hands to pull the moss from the rake or hook, and carefully place it into a yard waste bag.

Step 3:
While we do not condone the use of a ladder in DIY tree work if you choose to climb a ladder, be sure the ladder is securely placed on level ground, and that you have a second person to hold the ladder in place as you climb. Please only climb the first two or three steps to reach low hanging moss, and leave anything above that level to tree professionals. Once you are securely on only the bottom parts of your ladder, have your second person (or "spotter") hand you the rake or hook to grab the moss and pull it down.

As always Professional Waterfront Cleanup will be happy to help, contact us for a free quote.