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Pond and Lake Management Part VI: Using Barley Straw to Control Algae

First Paragraph:
A common difficulty in lake management is controlling algae, which can become problematic in summer months in both small ponds and larger lakes. Algae and other aquatic plants provide food and oxygen for fish and other aquatic life. However, excess algae in a pond can interfere with fishing or swimming, and cause aesthetic problems such as mats of algae on the water surface and unpleasant odors.
Publication Number:
FS1171
Author(s):
Michael Haberland
Salvatore S. Mangiafico
Publisher:
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension
Date Published:
12/20/2011
Tags:
pond; lake; barley straw; algae; oxygen