Pond Lake Management


Just like small water features, large ponds and lakes are plagued with water quality issues too. We at Riverdale Water Management promote Proactive Pond and Lake Management.  These issues can be corrected if the appropriate measures are taken. It is important to be PROACTIVE rather that REACTIVE when it comes to managing your body of water.

Just a little background on Why algae  can become a problem in any water features. The answer is simple “Excessive Nutrients“! Nutrients are introduced in to the water in many ways. Organic waste from fish, birds, invertebrate, twigs, leaves or any decaying matter add nutrients to the water. If the body of water is an area where it collects run off from the surrounding area the runoff will pick up nutrients, particularly Phospherous, and deposit in the pond or lake.

There are Natural Environmentally Safe ways of correcting the situation!  Simply put, reduce the nutrient load the Algae will starve and die out. It is that simple!

There are 3 way to promote clean clear water:

1) Beneficial Bacteria:

The beneficial bacteria consume excessive nutrients in the water. Algae will only grow and multiply during the day where beneficial bacteria will continue to grow 24/7 until they run out of food to consume.

2) Aeration:

Aeration is like providing “Red Bull” to the beneficial bacteria. Bacteria thrives when provided with dissolved oxygen.  Subsurface aeration is key to the success as it brings oxygen to the lower part of the pond where muck accumulates. When aeration is introduced to this part of the pond not only is oxygen introduced but the  gasses such as hydrogen sulfide(smells like rotten eggs), C02 and methane are released into the atmosphere. When the oxygen meets the bacteria below it speeds up the consumption of the muck.

3) Pond Dye:

Pond Dye is provides shading for the pond which slow the photosynthesis of any subsurface plants in the pond including algae.  Black is the most natural looking pond dye.

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