Lakes and ponds have many different functions: they collect sediment and flowing water during rainstorms, they operate as fishing spots for angling enthusiasts and they serve as beautiful ecosystems for communities to enjoy year-round. While no two waterbodies are the same, one thing all balanced freshwater ecosystems have in common is an abundance of dissolved oxygen (DO). The exchange of dissolved oxygen occurs naturally at the water’s surface, but poor circulation or nuisance algae and aquatic weed coverage can prevent DO from reaching areas that need it most, which can cause imbalances that result in poor water quality, bad odors, bottom muck, midge and mosquito infestations, massive fish kills, and toxic cyanobacteria blooms.
Luckily, there are many sustainable solutions available to correct imbalanced DO conditions—each with their own unique benefits and limitations:
Lake and pond fountains can be completely customized to fit the functional and aesthetic needs of your property. For example, traditional lighting or colored lenses can be added to increase the dramatic effect of your fountain and make it a focal point at night. Depending on the unique characteristics of your waterbody, your freshwater management professional may also recommend a specifically-sized fountain, which could range from 0.5hp to 60hp. Proper fountain sizing is extremely important, which is why SOLitude offers a wide range of options through our industry partners.
The benefits of submersed aeration
Solar-powered aeration system
Before and after nanobubble aeration
Unlike traditional aeration systems, you don’t have to own a nanobubble unit to reap the benefits. Through our annual management plan, nanobubbles can be introduced into your waterbody via recurring treatments when the aquatic ecosystem needs it. This approach helps ensure your waterbody receives the custom, balanced care it requires without the need to purchase or permanently install a nanobubble system on your property.
Each of these lake and pond solutions works differently and they accomplish very different things. Using them in a variety of ways or pairing them based on your given situation may help better target your unique water quality problems. No matter how you use your waterbody, it’s worth leveraging these natural management tools to increased dissolved oxygen levels and support the health and beauty of your freshwater resource.
SOLitude Lake Management is a nationwide environmental firm committed to providing sustainable solutions that improve water quality, enhance beauty and preserve natural resources.
SOLitude’s team of aquatic scientists specializes in the development and execution of customized lake, stormwater pond, wetland and fisheries management programs. Services include water quality testing and restoration, algae and aquatic weed control, installation and maintenance of fountains and aeration systems, shoreline erosion control, muck and sediment removal and invasive species management. SOLitude partners with homeowners associations, golf courses, private landowners, businesses and municipalities. SOLitude Lake Management is part of Rentokil, a leading business services company, operating across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.