Artificial Ponds in the Cayman Islands
Due to the low-lying nature of land in the Cayman Islands, new developments often encounter and impact natural wetland areas. If properly constructed, the creation of artificial wildlife ponds has the potential to generate valuable areas for wildlife. Unfortunately, in the past, poor planning of artificial pools has meant that far from providing new habitat, badly thought-out excavations have resulted in areas unusable by most wildlife. Additionally, poorly designed ponds have caused serious water quality issues. This has given rise to the death of wildlife and unpleasant conditions for people living close by.
The Department of Environment has produced guidelines for the creation of artificial ponds with the objective of maximizing the value of ponds for wildlife and minimizing the water quality issues associated with inappropriate designs. For more information email: [email protected]