Advantages of Stormwater Inspections for Lakes and Ponds

January 11th, 2013

advantages of stormwater inspectionsOwners of lakes or ponds, whether for residential or commercial purposes, can benefit from annual inspections performed by a reputable¬†lake management company. Thorough inspections that look into water quality, pest control, and the health of the surrounding environment prove beneficial in maintaining the landscape surrounding any body of water in that they help the property owner determine the cost of future enhancements and treatments. Anticipation of problems like erosion, for example, allow for actions that could save money in the long run. Stormwater inspections especially help in identifying problems that, if left ignored, could damage the ecosystem.After a lengthy rain or hard storm, your first inclination may be to check your property for changes in the soil or debris that requires removal. Over time, rains can contribute to erosion and damage to beneficial vegetation that should be fixed before problems become too much to handle. If rains result in higher water levels than is normal for your property, there is the possibility an outflow device used to maintain balance is faulty and requires repair.Inspections of lakes and ponds after bad weather, or at regular intervals, will alert you to anomalies on your property. If your grounds are not mowed properly, for example, it could lead to problems with ground cover such as soil erosion and issues with vegetation growth. It’s also important for your lake management team to check structures that control water release from your lake or pond to ensure that there is nothing clogging the system.A proactive approach to such inspections is the best way to determine improvements to your pond water. A stagnant body of water is likely to attract pests and pose damage to surrounding vegetation and aquatic life. After a storm, if nothing is done to clean the area you will find more challenges in restoring your lake to its true beauty.

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Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on pond management and lake management services. Since 1998, SOLitude Lake Management has been committed to providing full service lake and pond management services that improve water quality, preserve natural resources, and reduce our environmental footprint. Services are available throughout the Eastern United States. Fisheries management consulting and aquatic products are available nationwide. Learn more about SOLitude Lake Management and purchase products at

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