Serious question for you about your club, and maybe private clubs in general. Do you have the conveyance systems in place to move water around once you've flooded up? Or to aerate the ponds to prevent the water from becoming stagnant?
During the Grasslands meeting held last Saturday, Bill Cook from LBWA said that on the refuges they have some deep wells and that if the water became too stagnant they have the systems in place to move water around to aerate it and keep it fairly fresh. This goes a long way to avoid the outbreaks we all fear. The conditions of stagnant, hot water with decomposing grasses, etc. in it lead to Botulism and cholera. It resides dormant in the soils all over the state, waiting for stagnant water to bring these anaerobic organisms out of their hibernation. So water quality is #1 form of prevention. Aeration, and the ability to flush areas with fresh water will help reduce outbreaks.
I guess this goes for most clubs too, is there the ability to keep water moving around the club to prevent it from becoming a stagnant and an anaerobic breeding ground for these diseases?
What WAS made abundantly clear by all of the folks on the panel last Saturday was that the private clubs are ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to try to provide as much habitat for the migration as possible. The refuges alone WERE NOT ENOUGH. These are people who know what they are doing partnering with conservation organizations like CWA, DU, Audobon, etc. All of these organizations have one thing in mind provide as much habitat as we can, to give the ducks the best chance at survival. Nature WILL find a way, and we may feel the affects of this drought for years to come. But the goal is to provide as much habitat as we can to the birds that will hopefully arrive in our part of the flyway.
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