How To Maintain a Lake

For those charged with managing bodies of water, the maintenance of the lake itself can seem overwhelming. Luckily, maintenance can feel attainable once you understand the ins and outs of lake management.

Clean Out Invasive Species

Invasive species are species of animals, plants or bacteria that are not native to an ecosystem and still causes harm to it. If left untouched, invasive species can rapidly expand without a natural predator to the point that they reach numbers too large to sustain the other organisms of the ecosystem. Invasive species are largely introduced inadvertently and because of human activity. If your lake supports boating activities, make sure patrons clean all vessels before and after they enter the water to prevent aquatic invasive species from transferring into the ecosystem.

Fish Stocking

Even if your body of water is not used for fishing, you will still need to restock the fish periodically in order to maintain the diversity of wildlife. Bass, carp, bluegills and catfish are all popular varieties that anglers love to catch.

Manage Algae

Algae left to its own devices can spread at an alarming rate, absorbing too much oxygen from the water and interfering with marine life and recreational activities. Some species of algae can even give off dangerous toxins. Periodically removing excessive algae can lead to a healthier ecosystem and leave your lake aesthetically pleasing.

Get Clear Water

For those managing small, recently dug ponds, you may want to invest in services that can purify the water. Newer ponds tend to have the sediments at the bottom float around, since they are not secure yet. Professional aquatic management services can come up with a plan to make the water clearer to your specifications.

Lakes and ponds are an integral part of natural and manmade ecosystems. Whether bodies of water are meant for recreation, fishing, aesthetics or conservation, they deserve to be taken care of at the highest of standards.

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