We are frequently asked if there is a comprehensive manual that addresses the management of small lakes and ponds. There is, and it’s called Diet for a Small Lake.
The second edition of this 300-page document was published by the New York State Federation of Lake Associations (nysfola.org) in 2009, and may be viewed or downloaded for free via their website. It may also be purchased in paperback for $15, and is well worth the price.
According to the authors, the best “treatment” for a lake or pond will resemble a health plan rather than a bandage. An effective management plan will include immediate actions as well as long-range watershed approaches, and will combine both preventive and remedial options. They write …
“Lake management is an art, informed by science, of balancing the demands of various users of the land and water. To keep lakes and ponds healthy, it is no longer possible to expect nature to take care of problems. Human activities combine with naturally occurring processes to create pollution and disturbances that exceed the natural capability of waters to dilute and purify. Managing a lake or pond means accounting for the needs of fish, plants, wildlife and people.”
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