MAINTAINING WATER QUALITY

Surface Water Management

ANALYZE

WATER

QUALITY

Quality cannot be improved or maintained unless we measure various components of water quality.

 

Each month, we selectively sample our lakes and send the samples to Lee County Pond Watch for analysis. The results are compared over time.

AVOID

FEEDING

WILDLIFE 

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Feeding wild birds changes the natural balance in the environment, leading to overpopulation around a given lake and bird illness.

 

For us, this also results in nutrient loading in small bodies of water, creating more algae.

AERATE

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Added Oxygen supports aquatic life and greatly reduces the occurrence of fish kills and stagnation as nutrient levels increase.

 

Cape Royal is studying aeration alternatives for our problem areas moving forward.

PLANT LITTORALS

A residential lake’s ability to mimic nature begins with installation and maintenance of native littorals (shoreline plants).

 

These plants provide protective health benefits to our lakes by serving as perimeter marsh filters, trapping and processing runoff nutrients from turf and street areas, and stabilizing shoreline sediments.

 

Additional Resources:

The Planted Littoral Zone

Cape Coral Plant Guide

Lake Shoreline and Littoral Plants

TREAT FOR

ALGAE AND

INVASIVES

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Solitude Lake Management is contracted to inspect and treat our lakes.  They provide algae and invasive weed control services. They selectively treat lakes twice a month in hot season and monthly in cooler months.

 

Additional Resources:

http://www.wetplan.org/

https://www.sfwmd.gov/who-we-are

Fertilizer link:  https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/residents/florida-friendly-landscaping/florida-friendly-fertilizing

Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program

AVOID TRIM & CLIPPING WASTE IN LAKES

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Guidelines will be created to serve as a reference for homeowners who maintain their lawns and to be provided to all contracted landscape vendors within Cape Royal.

 

Additional Resources:

(coming soon)

Landscaper Tools and Lawn Waste Considerations

Contractors Role in Water Management

 

Septic System Maintenance for Homeowners