Addressing increased algae levels remains a continuous struggle for the Canton Parks division. Several residents have inquired what treatment protocols are being implemented. The good news is that Canton has obtained great results by using underwater pond aerators and bacteria pods as part of a pilot project last year at Pheasant Run Golf Club to combat algae growth without the use of chemicals.
Based on these successful results as illustrated in the attached photo, the program has been expanded to include the ponds at Heritage Park. This dual approach is effective since it adds ‘healthy’ bacteria into a body of water that consumes the muck at the bottom of the pond. If left uncontrolled, the more muck in a pond means increased levels of algae, since algae feed off of this muck. In the past, Canton has had limited success by using chemical and color dyes that only contribute to the vicious cycle of creating more muck and therefore better conditions for algae to continue to grow and expand. The bad news is that this new approach is a multi-year process. However, once established it will be an effective long-term environmentally-friendly solution. Attached are “Before & After” photos of a successfully treated pond at Pheasant Run that show just how dramatic and long-term these results can be.
Already this season, treatment has been started on Heritage Park’s small pond, located next to the gazebo, as well as in the large pond by the Amphitheater. This means by next summer, the ponds at Heritage Park should look much improved and this environmentally friendly long-term solution should be well underway!