Why Do Lakes and Ponds Develop Water Quality Issues?
Lakes and ponds serve as rich ecosystems for aquatic plants and wildlife. They also function as beautiful backdrops and recreational spots for humans and pets to enjoy. Because a waterbody tends to perform multiple roles, it’s possible for the natural harmony of the ecosystem to become unbalanced. Oftentimes, this imbalance can be traced back to an excessive amount of lake and pond nutrients.
Is There Such Thing as Too Many Nutrients?
In suitable quantities, nutrients are beneficial—and necessary—for lakes and ponds to flourish. Nutrients like phosphorous and nitrogen occur in natural levels within waterbodies thanks to fish waste and decomposing aquatic plants, but too much of a good thing may threaten the health and appearance of the aquatic ecosystem.
The introduction of foreign nutrient sources, like fertilizers, grass clippings, leaves, animal waste, and eroded sediment can spur the growth of nuisance plants and algae blooms, cause poor water clarity, foul odors, fish kills and lead to incredible stress on a lake or pond. The presence of excessive nutrients can not only endanger plants and wildlife that call the aquatic ecosystem home, nutrient runoff may also speed up the waterbody’s natural aging process of eutrophication, causing the lake or pond to expend itself prematurely.
How Can Nutrient Loading Be Prevented?
Reduce phosphorus in your lake or pond and break the cycle of internal phosphorus loading with proven phosphorus locking technologies like Phoslock and Alum.
Phoslock (lanthanum-modified clay) rapidly binds and permanently removes free reactive phosphorous (FRP) from the water column shortly after application, clearing up the pond and returning it to a naturally beautiful state. It is also effective in locking up the phosphorus in the bottom sediments. For chronic nutrient loading or highly turbid water, treatment with Alum (aluminum sulfate) can also be an effective management strategy for restoring water quality and improving clarity in your lake or pond.
Nutrient management is the foundation of any effective management plan. When applied by a licensed professional, nutrient mitigation products work to rapidly remove free reactive nutrients from the water column, reinforcing the beauty and balance of your lake or pond for years to come. To ensure your waterbody is on the right track, consider conducting regular water quality tests that reveal important parameters like nutrient levels, pH, dissolved oxygen levels and more.
Contact your lake and pond management expert to discuss implementing a nutrient management plan to put your lake or pond on a path to recovery.
In support of our belief that lakes and ponds are a precious natural resource requiring protection, SOLitude is committed to providing sustainable and renewable solutions that maintain ecological balance in the workplace and beyond.
When you partner with SOLitude, a dedicated field technician visits your lake or pond twice a month, leveraging extensive knowledge and training to carefully maintain ecological balance and preserve the appearance of your aquatic property.
Utilizing the latest GPS aquatic mapping technology and our own proprietary lake and pond management software, the experts at SOLitude collect all the data necessary to provide comprehensive analysis and in-depth solutions.