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Muddy Water

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Muddy water is the result of suspended soil particles. Ponds occasionally become muddy because of wave action or erosion of exposed soil in the watershed. Muddy water can limit plankton growth, which results in lower pond productivity. Several treatments are available but are only temporary unless the source of the silt is eliminated. All bare areas around the pond or in the watershed should be seeded and mulched or sodded. Additional remedies include a mixture of cottonseed meal and superphosphate, lime, gypsum, alum, or routine fertilization under minor circumstances. Contact a fishery biologist to determine which treatment is best for your particular problem.

The information above came from the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division's booklet Sportfish Management in Alabama Ponds, which is available as a PDF.

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