Muddy, Cloudy Pond Water

Sept 18, 2013 – One of the worst looking ponds has to be a pond that is muddy and cloudy. One in which you can barely see a foot down into it. These ponds are extremely unhealthy for there is very little oxygen existing in the water to permit living things to survive. All the available oxygen is taken up suspending organic materials, soil particles or algae in the water.

Muddy water can cause fish kill if it persists due to the lack of oxygen. If the Pond remains muddy for a short period of time it is more probable that it will reduce fish reproduction and growth. Fish eggs may be suffocated and natural fish food such as plankton is unavailable for there is no sunlight penetrating the water to produce it.

Cloudy muddy water sometimes exists in the Spring runoff and in recently constructed ponds where the soil needs to settle. Usually these materials will settle naturally after a while, although to avoid this from recurring on a regular basis there are some steps that can be taken.

Prevent Muddy, Cloudy Water

To cut down on the occurrences of having muddy cloudy water you need to consider the following preventative steps.

  • Eliminate any runoff from sources that inflow sediment into your pond such as farm fields, roads, pastures, fertilized fields
  • There are a few chemical compositions that you may opt for but before doing this you will want to consult a licensed water and chemical treatment specialist
  • Inject sources of oxygen into your pond via self operational aeration systems that can burn off excess nutrients and materials that are suspended in your water source – windmill aeration systems acts as one of the most cost effective pond aeration solutions on the market today. The innovators of this method is Koenders Windmills Inc. manufactures of pond aeration systems for almost 20 years offering both electrical aeration systems and the more environment friendly windmill aeration systems.
  • Apply 500 to 700 pounds of land plaster (gypsum) per surface acre. The land plaster usually will ground up into small particles and spread itself all over your pond’s surface bed.
  • Prevent Cattle or other Livestock from wading in ponds – trampling the shorelines and adding large amounts of manure to ponds is not healthy and contributes significantly to the muddy pond – build a fence around your pond or pump water into a watering trough so that your livestock does not have to go down into the water when they are thirsty. This will not only help keep a pond clean but it will also help keep your livestock healthy. Studies show that cattle can be 23% more productive by drinking water pump out of the pond instead of drinking directly from the pond – See this government pond aeration study.
  • Plant grass around your pond to prevent of soil erosion.