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Environmental Caretaker Decides Duckweed Isn’t the Enemy
Jim Black, Assistant Superintendant at Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, MI.

It was the collection pond that I started to obsess over. It was the duckweed that would eventually take over the pond in the summer. Guests would come in and question me: “What are you going to do about all that algae?” Everyone just assumed it was algae because it was green and in the pond.

After failed attempts at riding the pond of the duckweed, I went down and sat on a little dock that was there to contemplate the situation. I watched as a fish jumped out of the water, splashing back in only to have the duckweed fill the re-entry spot.

My solution: I decided the duckweed was pretty. New perspective. Problem solved.

 
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