This is by far my favorite app. ArcGis is a mapping software that, at its simplest, can measure distance or area. Maps could be topographic, street view, or satellite images depending on the users preference. For pond owners, the attention getting aspects of the application include determining surface area of ponds, topographic maps used for measuring watershed, or measuring distances. Personally, I use this app frequently for those purposes as well as sizing aeration systems, planning herbicide applications, and charting/designing dock and structure placements.
If your building a pond, looking at watershed, or trying to decide why your pond is leaking, knowing your soil will be instrumental. The SoilWeb app is a GPS based access system for historical USDA-NRCS soil survey data. It is NOT a replacement for digging a test hole or sending soil samples to labs, but it makes an excellent starting point. You simply tell the app to find your location and it outputs your soil type. Just by clicking on a specific soil type, you instantly gain access to more information on the soil's characteristics, types of vegetation that grow well in it and erosion ratings.
If you have a plant growing in your pond and you want to know what it is or how to control it, the answer may be in your pocket. Based on the popular Texas A&M Agrilife website aquaplant.tamu.edu this app offers a visual index of aquatic plants common to Texas. Control methods can be found for each plant and, if needed, links to purchase herbicides are provided. This is only one of the many apps developed recently by Texas A&M Agrilife. Others include a fisheries management calendar and pond calculator.
Is that a strange fish in your pond? What's really coming off that fish truck? You can look it up immediately with a number of fish ID apps. My favorite right now is Freshwater Fish ID South. This app offers a visual index of over 30 fish species, descriptions, habitat preferences, and some life history information. As a bonus, internet access is not needed for this app.
Who would have ever guessed that not only would there be an excellent resource for pond owners in magazine form every other month but that it would also be able to be sent straight to your cell phone!? If you enjoy Pond Boss Magazine, or you have never tried it, this app is for you. Old and new, they are all there. Each issue does cost $2.99 but you can have your favorites at your finger tips anywhere.