By Industry Expert Kyle Finerfrock, Environmental Scientist
You have a lake or pond that needs some help returning to a healthy state but you may not be sure where to start. A properly trained professional will be able to guide you through a successful lake or pond management program that will restore your waterbody back to a sustainable state.
When meeting with your chosen lake or pond management services professional there are some initial questions you should consider asking during your consultation.
What is growing in my pond?
Your lake and pond professional will be able to identify the type of algae and aquatic weeds that are growing in your pond and will establish an aquatic management plan based on the information gathered. Excessive pond algae and aquatic weeds can lead to other water quality issues that will need to be resolved. Identifying the nuisance aquatic weeds or algae is the first step in bringing balance back to your pond.
What is the nutrient status of my pond?
There are clues from the biota that can give you an idea of how eutrophic, or nutrient rich, your pond is. Most of the time when a lake management company is called in for nutrient management advice, the pond is already eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic, which means the nutrient levels in the water are very high. Looking at the water color, amount and type of vegetation present, and the surroundings can help determine this. High amounts of nutrients in the waterbody can cause an unhealthy amount of algae and nuisance aquatic vegetation.
What is a reasonable goal for my pond?
Depending on the variety of problems you are faced with in your pond, it may take some time to meet your expectations. Remember, it probably took some time for your pond to get out of balance and it will take some time to regain control. It is important to review a timeline and set realistic expectations with your pond management professional.
What is the most important thing I can do to improve the health of my pond?
Pond algae mats, topped out weeds, and foul smells are the symptoms of excess nutrients in your pond. Fertilizer runoff, grass clippings, and erosion are typical sources of these nutrients. Preventing these nutrients from entering your water, along with running aeration 24/7, are key factors that can improve the health of your pond. Allow an un-mowed vegetative buffer to grow around your pond. Native grasses bordering the pond act like a filter and catch nutrients before they enter the pond.
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Kyle Finerfrock is an Environmental Scientist with SOLitude Lake Mangement. 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.