Managing Lakes for Healthy Ecosystems & Recreation
What is lake management?
Lake management can be best understood as a form of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Physical weeding and mowing, cultural practices to reduce nutrient loading and counter other inputs, pest monitoring and prevention, biological controls, and chemical controls are all part of the best lake management practices. The scope and scale of managing lakes required in an IPM program are based on the function and/or form of a water feature as well as its intended uses. Decorative ponds on estates or near wine tasting rooms are more labor intensive; owners often desire specific levels of water clarity and strict thresholds for vegetation and algae control, while irrigation ponds merely require enough labor to ensure they function as intended without clogging pumps, causing mal odors, or harboring vectors of disease.
Lake Management Consulting
Develop a Lake Management Plan
We use a comprehensive IPM approach to create a lake management plan that works with your budget and fits your needs.
From years of experience, we know the best in the industry. We will recommend the right products, equipment and contractors for your budget and needs.
We coordinate and oversee work done by your contractor or one of our recommended contractors so there’s no need to worry and you can enjoy your lake.
Managing Manmade Lakes & Ponds
I regularly hear clients say, “My lake never looked like this before”, and they are right, manmade lakes by definition are of course not naturally occurring. If a geographic location was conducive to the formation of a lake, there would likely already be one there. This means that manmade lakes are already in an even greater struggle against their surrounding environmental conditions for their continued existence from the moment they were excavated. Therefore, if the owner of a lake wishes for the lake to be kept in a given state (oligo, meso, eutrophic), maintenance activities to reduce/inhibit sedimentation, nutrient loading, and other factors, will be required to suspend the progression of eutrophication.
As an owner of a lake, on which so much life is dependent, thoughtful and knowledgeable stewardship requires understanding the impacts of their day to day activities on the property, from their landscaping design and practices, to the detergents and cleaning products they use.