A pond is a body of standing water, either natural or artificial, that is usually smaller than a lake. They may arise naturally in floodplains as part of a river system, or they may be somewhat isolated depressions (examples include vernal pools and prairie potholes). Usually they contain shallow water with marsh and aquatic plants and animals. A few animals also make their home in ponds, such as fish, turtles, ducks, snakes, frogs, muskrats and beavers. The type of life in a pond is generally determined by a combination of factors including water level and nutrient levels.
Ponds are frequently human-constructed. A wide variety of artificial bodies of water are classified as ponds. Some ponds are created specifically for water retention and others, like water features and koi ponds are designed for aesthetic ornamentation as landscape or architectural features. Standing bodies of water such as ponds and lakes are often categorized separately from flowing water courses, such as brooks, creeks, streams or rivers.
The environment and human activities place a great deal of stress on these small water bodes. These contributing factors include seasonal foliage, animal waste, septic run off and use of fertilizers. Nutrient levels and water quality in ponds can be controlled with proper management techniques. Call us to schedule a consultation for your pond at 203-885-0184!