Clarke Environmental continues to perform all larval treatments on the problem ponds as often as the product label allows. They attempted to treat ponds E-3 and C-10 last Friday, but the severe weather prevented the work. The larval treatments have been rescheduled for Thursday, July 11th. Supplemental barrier treatments were performed on properties on the morning of July 9th in areas where complaints were received.
In regards to the aerators, additional tubing has been ordered and paid for to extend the aerators to the
originally planned locations. A rush was placed to get priority on the shipping of the tubing. Once the tubing is received, it will be installed. As you know, the solar aerators that were installed are not designed to run 24 hours a day and the manufacturer does not provide a retrofit battery system. However, we are looking at third party options to retrofit the aerators with batteries. We will do a test case with one of the aerators. We are waiting on the final write up from a supplier before we will have a cost estimate and timeframe. Please remember that the aerators are not an immediate solution to the midge problem. It is just one tool that the CDDs are implementing to address the midge issue.
Both CDD Boards approved stocking of fish in certain ponds at their May meetings. Unfortunately, our
contractor had difficulty locating fish (it was a high demand period). Now that fish have been located,
there is concern that the water temperatures are not ideal to introduce new fish into the ponds. There
is a high risk that the fish will not survive. As a result, the Boards are considering delaying the stocking
of fish until the Fall.
Due to performance issues, the Board, at their June meeting, voted to terminate the agreement with American Ecosystems and retain Clarke Environmental for the same monthly price. The current agreement with Clarke Environmental is effective as of July 1st and is on a month to month basis until the Board determines whether they will re-bid the services. We ask that the residents be patient while Clarke Environmental works diligently to get the ponds in good condition. If you have questions or concerns regarding midge treatment or pond maintenance, please direct them to the District Manager’s office at 407-841-5524, ext. 112.