Six Benefits of Lake and Pond Aeration
Lake and pond aeration systems induce circulation and add dissolved oxygen throughout the waterbody, helping to mitigate the damage caused by excessive nutrient loading. Floating fountain aerators are visually pleasing additions to any waterbody that offer localized lake aeration and work great for shallow symmetrically shaped lakes and ponds. Submersed aeration systems release oxygen directly into the water column at precise locations, and work extremely well for circulating large areas of water and increasing oxygen levels in deeper waterbodies.
Whether subsurface aeration or fountain surface aeration is the preferred choice, a high-quality and properly sized aeration system is essential to promoting a balanced aquatic ecosystem.
Benefits of Lake and Pond Aeration
1. Improves Water Quality
Under oxygen-deprived conditions, bottom sediments release noxious gases and metals that can cause water quality problems. Proper lake aeration allows for many of the factors contributing to poor water quality to be mitigated.
2. Reduces the Likelihood of Excessive Algae Growth
The oxygen that is added to your waterbody through lake aeration facilitates the conversion of phosphorus to forms that are not usable by algae as food. Lake aeration can also effectively mix algae spores towards deeper parts of your lake or pond, meaning they will have less available sunlight and time to grow.
3. Removes Foul Odors
As bottom water mixes and becomes oxygenated through lake aeration, the hydrogen sulfide gas that causes foul odors will be greatly reduced.
4. Enhances Fish Habitat
Stratification occurs when changes in water temperatures cause distinct layers of water to form at different depths based on differences in water densities. Thermal stratification results in periods of oxygen depletion which will cause an overall decline in ecosystem efficiency and, in severe cases, may lead to fish kills. By disrupting stratification through lake aeration, a healthier habitat will be created for fish and other aquatic organisms.
5. Decreases Mosquito Activity
Mosquitoes require still water conditions for their eggs to develop. A floating fountain or submersed aerator will create a constant flow of water in your lake or pond, helping to reduce viable mosquito breeding habitat and acting as a natural and sustainable mosquito control solution.
6. Reduces the Accumulation of Bottom Sediment
Organic matter decomposes much more slowly under low oxygen conditions, and this leads to the buildup of bottom sediment in your waterbody. Proper lake aeration will help to reduce the overall accumulation of organic sediment on the bottom of your waterbody, potentially prolonging or preventing the need for future dredging.
Lake and pond aeration is a very valuable tool in water quality management and is an essential part of many integrated lake and pond management programs.
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