Winter On Our Lakes & Ponds

July 12th, 2009

Winter_fountain_at_Ashely_Ridge_3.25.14_cWinter is a wonderful time to make some improvements to your lake or pond that will pay huge dividends next spring. It is the perfect time to sit down and evaluate the problems from the previous year, and devise an annual lake management plan to mitigate those problems for the coming year. Most aquatic resource problems can be dealt with most effectively when they are addressed early in the spring, before they have a chance to get out of control.The first thing one might wish to consider during the winter months is to perform a thorough evaluation of the physical characteristics of the pond. Identify erosion problems, areas where leaves or other organic matter seem to be nutrient loading the pond, inspect outflow structures for damage, locate areas of significant sedimentation, identify any areas that might have been damaged by muskrats, nutria, beavers, or other nuisance critters, and more. Inexpensive lake mapping procedures can be performed using GPS technology and pictures to provide lake and pond owners with all of this information in a very simple and easy to use format.

Additionally, winter is the ideal time to perform bathymetric mapping procedures, where the surface area of the pond is mapped and the bottom depths are sampled and plotted on this map. This will tell us the overall volume of the pond, and when compared to previous jobs or as built drawings of the pond, will allow us to determine the sedimentation rate over time. Once we calculate this rate, we can then forecast when a lake or pond might need dredging.Once armed with all of this information, a plan can be formulated, costs identified and prioritized, budgets adjusted, and reserve funding established as needed to deal with the problems before they get worse. Careful inspection and planning will often times prevent or mitigate the need for costly repairs at a later date. 

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Kevin Tucker is the president of SOLitude Lake Management Company. Since 1998, SOLitude Lake Management has been committed to providing full service lake and pond management services that improve water quality, preserve natural resources, and reduce our environmental footprint. Services are available throughout the Eastern United States. Fisheries management consulting and aquatic products are available nationwide. Learn more about SOLitude Lake Management and purchase products at

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