Florida Lake Management Society Annual Conference, Naples, Florida, June 4 – 7, 2007
The maintenance of municipally owned shorelines and littoral zones using manual and chemical methods has been employed to minimize coverage of exotic species, and encourage native plant growth. This activity ties into wildlife management efforts by providing healthy littoral zones that promote use by native fauna.
Leaf and debris traps and baffle box structures have been installed to reduce sediment and leaf loads. The intent of this effort is to reduce nutrient loads, thereby reducing planktonic algae growth, and/or to reduce turbidity.
The City’s public education efforts frequently touch on subjects that can severely affect small ponds including the proper use of fertilizers and pesticides, the release and feeding of exotic birds or other animals and the proper disposal of yard debris and pet waste.
Flood control on many small ponds is accomplished by drainage wells that were drilled throughout Orange County in the 1950’s and ‘60’s. Winter Park has one storm water lift station on a small pond with no natural outfall. The facility was permitted and constructed in the interest of public safety to prevent roadway flooding during high water conditions.
As a result of Winter Park’s management efforts, the city’s small lakes and ponds provide numerous recreational opportunities for the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as providing safe, healthy urban wildlife habitat. The ponds add to the aesthetics and quality of life for many throughout the city.
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