Within Chester County an estimated 3,000 ponds dot the landscape ranging in functions from recreational fishing to water supplies for livestock to stormwater management to aesthetic enhancement. A recent collaborative study led by West Chester University described some of the principle factors that affect the health of the ponds within the County and outlined some techniques to assist owners in managing their ponds.
Two Reports and a summary brochure
The study includes two reports and a summary brochure:
Volume 1: Management Strategies for the Small Pond Owner, and
Volume 1 is directed toward landowners and other non-scientists with interests in ponds. Management alternatives are outlined, with emphasis on methods within reach of most landowners or homeowners associations.
Volume 2 is particularly focused upon the limnology of small pond ecosystems. Limnology is the study of freshwater systems, emphasizing the interactions among aquatic organisms and their abiotic (non-living) environment. The intended readers of Volume 2 are working professionals in the environmental sciences, but the presentation is at a level that should be accessible with careful reading to pond owners.