Forestry and Natural Resources


Pond Weeds: Causes, Prevention, & Treatment Options

Clemson Extension Program Team

Water Resources

Publication Date

Winter 12-22-2021

Publication Number

LGP 1126


Excessive aquatic plant growth is a common complaint and may interfere with desired pond uses. In freshwater systems, phosphorus typically drives this plant growth that may persist while nutrient levels remain elevated. This article will assist landowners, pond managers, farmers, producers, and municipalities how (a) land-based actions throughout the watershed can reduce external nutrient and sediment loadings, and (b) in-pond actions can assist in managing plant growth, slowing release of nutrients, and encouraging more sustainable conditions. For more information on ponds, please see additional articles available through Land-Grant Press: Ponds in South Carolina, An Introduction to Stormwater Ponds in South Carolina, and Recreational Ponds in South Carolina.

Publication Type



Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension

Publisher City

Clemson, SC

Target Audiences

• Landowners, pond managers, farmers, producers, municipalities

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Feature Photo (Credit: Susan Lunt)