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    Removal of Organic Matter in Shallow Pond
    Hydro-Raking Case Study

    Location and Acreage:
    Cary, NC | 1.8-Acres

    Project Timeframe: 
    2018

    Project Manager:
    Jeff Castellani, Director of Mechanical Operations

    Key Staff:
    Bo Burns, Market Development Manager
    Ross Dion, Fisheries Scientist
    Jamie Cote, Mechanical Specialist

    Site Description:
    hydroraking-community-pondThis community had been complaining about odors and poor water quality conditions in their 1.8-acre community pond. Years of upstream development and soil disturbance during construction within the community had caused an excess of organic matter to collect throughout the pond, especially within the inlet area. In fact, much of the inlet area had been reduced to 3-5 inches of water, while it should have been 1-2 feet in depth.

    Scope of Work:
    SOLitude Lake Management offers hydro-raking as an alternative to traditional dredging. A hydro-rake can be an effective way to selectively control undesirable nuisance/invasive plants, and organic material in your waterbody. Removing excessive organic matter can help improve water quality, reduce odor and enhance recreational use. The hydro-rake is ideal for routine beach and swimming area maintenance programs but can also be used to remove undesirable emergent plant growth such as cattails (Typha latifolia) and common reed (Phragmites australis).

    Different rake attachments can be used to provide targeted removal based on your objective, such as establish boating channels or removing lily rhizomes. Removing plants and debris with minimal shoreline disturbance will help to reduce the overall nutrient load, minimizing the common water quality issues like low dissolved oxygen, foul odors and nuisance algae blooms.

    Project Description:
    hydroraking-debris-1The hydro-rake was put to work in the community pond, and after several days of successful operation, we were able to remove over 100 cubic yards of organic material from the site, while also helping to improve water quality and reducing odor. The pond is known for having a very large population of turtles, which is a popular attraction to the community. Many of the residents were concerned about the well-being of the turtles, but once operations were complete the population was thriving. All of this was accomplished while reducing costs compared to traditional dredging.

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