Why the algae this year?

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  1. jzoo

    jzoo Senior Refuge Member

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    I have a 20 acre pond that we flood (8-10" deep) via well during hunting season but is dry most of the summer. There's always a healthy stand of barnyard grass but I always spray a couple acre kill hole in front of the pits. For some reason this entire duck season the bottom was COVERED in moss/algae and would make it's way to the surface at times. Decoys and decoy lines were an absolute nightmare. We have never had this issue before.

    We had a nearby creek come out of it's banks and flood us (flowing water) for about 3 weeks in March. Could that have brought something in that caused it?

    I think I see a ton of copper sulfate in my future.
     
  2. Swampfoot

    Swampfoot Senior Refuge Member

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    Seems like algae/miss is nutrient dependant. If the creek flood is the only thing different I would guess it's related.
     
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  3. Eyes2Sky

    Eyes2Sky Refuge Member

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    Seems like we always have more on years with warmer than average temperatures, but that’s just an observation
     
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  4. bbfky

    bbfky Elite Refuge Member

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    Have you had a warm winter? We were 72 on Xmas and 64 3 days ago just got our first cold weather I checked my pool this past weekend and it looks like a green swamp usually it doesn't turn that way unless I open it in the middle of April. Warm weather can have an impact
    If it was run off from the creek I would have thought you would have seen a bloom during the summer
     
  5. jzoo

    jzoo Senior Refuge Member

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    We pumped it dry about a month after the flood so we could fix the pits and everything. We pumped it full in September then it started blooming within a week of having water on it.
    Season is over so we pulled the plug and it's empty now.
     

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