Living on a Pond
A pond is not only a beautiful natural feature that many homeowner's enjoy, it is also an important habitat for many of Florida's wildlife species. Learning how to live with a pond is essential to having a positive experience with this water feature, as well as preserving the wildlife that it supports.
Here are some ways that you can help establish a positive relationship with your pond:
- Don't feed the alligators!
- Establish a 'littoral' zone for wildlife. (PDF)
- Use responsible fishing practices. (PDF) At Harmony, fishing is only allowed on Buck and Cat Lakes. Keep in mind that releasing injured fish can attract alligators. Please visit the link above to learn about safe catch-and-release practices.
- Don't use fireworks around ponds and lakes. The materials and heavy metals found in fireworks causes water pollution, which harms wildlife. The noise pollution caused by fireworks can also have a negative effect on the behavior and health of both wildlife and family pets.
Here are some links with more information about lakes and ponds and their inhabitants:
- Florida Lakes and Ponds
- Plant a Pond Program (PDF)
- Water Clarity
- Human Impacts on Florida's Water Resources
- Living with Alligators: A Florida Reality
- Florida Alligators
- Grass Carp