Much like living organisms, lakes, and ponds are born, age, and change physically over time. Many factors can affect the length of a waterbody’s existence, but the lifespan is considered complete when organic matter builds up to the point that the waterbody can no longer retain water. This build-up can be caused by years of aquatic plant and algae growth, plant decomposition, and erosion.
While a shallow or filled-in pond usually indicates it’s coming to the end of its lifecycle, preventative solutions like harvesting, hydro-raking, and dredging can help reduce signs of aging and give many years of life back to the waterbody. With the complexities of each individual ecosystem and property, how do you know which solution is right for your waterbody?
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