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    How to Know When It’s Right to Have a Lake Consultation

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 13, 2014

    Written by Jessica Mueller, Aquatic Specialist

    gavin_mapping-4.8.14-woodmore_md_wes_cLiving on property that has a waterbody can provide significant advantages. Fishing from your back yard, relaxing while enjoying the view and boating are all activities that you may enjoy when you have a lake or pond. Most people don’t think to ask what they can do to preserve these views and activities and only when problems arise do they contact a lake management company. Having a proactive approach and being aware of the dynamic processes in the waterbody will provide long term benefits in maintaining those views and getting outside to enjoy the water.

    Considering options for management can never be done too early and can even be done in the development phase of the lake or pond. Unfortunately, it is often the case that we are not called until there is a problem. Large pond algae blooms, excessive aquatic weeds, and sedimentation are common issues pond owners may face where they decide to seek the advice of a lake restoration company. The lake or pond owner is now in a position where they must spend a lot of money to fix a problem that could have been avoided or minimized if the proper steps were taken through a lake maintenance program. Lake consultations are helpful in developing a long term management plan. Consultations include checking the water quality, inspecting the physical aspects of your lake, and helping to budget for the future health of the lake.

    Your lake or pond may look great at the surface but what could be lurking under the surface? Water quality testing will provide essential information about the health of your lake or pond and can be tailored specifically to your waterbody and how you plan to use it. These tests can be beneficial in providing information about what may be causing current problems or what issues you may face in the future. These issues can include algae blooms, nuisance weeds, or lack of water clarity.

    A physical pond or stormwater inspection can identify all the physical aspects of your lake; dams, inflows and outflows, fountains and more. The consultant will check the area surrounding the lake for damage and give you a written report which will include maps, drawings and pictures to document the current state of your lake. Recommendations are given for any repairs and also for future planning, budgeting, and an overall annual lake management plan.

    It is never too early to develop a lake management plan that aims to preserve the beauty and recreational benefits your lake or pond may provide. A small time investment to set up a lake consultation and customized and proactive pond maintenance plan now can save you and your wallet a big headache later on.

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    Jessica Mueller is an Aquatic Specialist with SOLitude Lake Management. 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 www.solitudelakemanagement.com.

    Contact the experts at 888-480-LAKE (5253) for all of your lake, pond and fisheries management needs.

    Topics: Pond Management Best Practices