Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Summer = Pond Problems
Ponds on and around the golf course receive a great deal of criticism each summer. Water levels are typically very low from July until sometime in the fall. In most cases the ponds receive little to no runoff, are used to irrigate adjacent home lawns, and have no adequate source of fill. As a result of this, the water level in most ponds is low when it gets hot and dry. A good rainfall doesn't help much as most ponds are situated on high ground (not sure who's idea this was). When it's dry we lose water to evaporation and seepage. We also lose water from the many homeowners who pull water out of these ponds to irrigate their landscapes. Some ponds are fed with wells, but none of the wells produce enough water to offset these losses (evaporation, seepage, irrigation). Some ponds can be fed with the golf course irrigation system, but not if we are using the pumps to irrigate the course. Voicemails and emails telling me to fill up the ponds are a waste of time. We are well aware of the low water levels. If it were as simple as flipping a switch, we'd do it. We don't have adequate supply or pumping capacity to keep ponds full all the time. When we get some rain and don't need to water grass, we'll spend a day adding water to a pond or two. In the meantime, if you live on one of these ponds, you can help the situation by cutting back on your irrigation use. That's really the only variable we can control to help the situation. We obviously can't make it rain and force water to flow uphill.