Help Us Define Best Practices!: An update on the Irrigation Association Water Features & Lake Management Common Interest Group

IA_2 Since its launch in May of 2014, the
Irrigation Association’s Water Feature
& Lake Management Common
Interest Group has held two meetings to
define the group’s goals and objectives. The
primary goal of this group is to provide a
forum for stakeholders to develop peerreviewed
best practices for water features
and lake management that promote overall
industry growth and success.

The CIG has identified six focus areas:

  • Lake management, including containment,
    water quality, human/animal and
    water-use interface, safety, suggested regulations
    and guidelines for municipalities,
    sizing guidelines and decorative water
    enhancements.
  • Disappearing features, including their
    types, construction and maintenance.
  • Water gardens, with a focus on landscape
    ponds with plants and fish, including
    design, construction, filtration, edge treatments,
    fish health and habitat, pump selection
    and lighting.
  • Water features, including design,
    construction, water flow, treatment and
    lighting.
  • Flora and fauna, including transportation,
    adaptation, transplanting and
    transferring, temporary housing and
    regulations.
  • Swimming ponds.
  • As the CIG works on defining best practices, members are focused on the following important objectives:

  • Considering environmental
    components to ensure responsible and
    compliant design and construction.
  • Communicating best practices
    to regulators and policymakers that
    promote responsible use of water and
    the benefits of balanced, well-maintained
    bodies of water.
  • Educating irrigation practitioners
    about this growing field.
  • Establishing regular channels of
    communication to engage interested
    parties.
  • Creating best practices is a long
    process, and the CIG invites all industry
    professionals to help with this effort.
    The group will host its first face-to-face
    meeting at the 2014 Irrigation Show
    & Education Conference in Phoenix,
    November 17 through 21. CIG meetings
    are free and open to all IA members,
    and no advance registration is required.

    To get involved or learn more about
    this group, contact IA Water Features
    and Lake Management Chair Paul
    Amos (paul@amossales.com) or IA
    Business Development Director Scott
    Hersh (scotthersh@irrigation.org;
    703-536-7080).

    In addition to the CIG meeting,
    the Irrigation Show will include a
    pond and waterscape pavilion and
    the International Professional Pond
    Companies Association’s annual education
    conference, INFO TANZA. Visit
    www.irrigationshow.org to learn more
    and register.

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