Aquatic Weed Harvesting
Aquatic Weed Harvesting is an effective tool for lake management. Harvesters can be used to collect invasive plants and algae removing the nutrients and biomass stored within these plants. In situations where herbicides and algaecides are not applicable mechanical harvesting is the only other viable approach to dealing with noxious weed blooms.
A waterbodies invasive weed issues can often times be managed with 2-3 harvesting events per season. We can also choose to selectively harvest certain portions of a pond or lake to allow for access and recreation.
Aeration is essential in any body of water, as it helps to circulate dissolved oxygen and nutrients throughout the water column. This serves to maintain pond temperature and reduce stagnant zones where problematic weeds tend to take hold. Ponds that lack proper aeration tend to suffer from poor water quality, invasive weeds and algae, and cannot support thriving populations of beneficial bacteria, invertebrates, fish, and more. If you want to bring more life into your pond and keep it free of aquatic weeds, proper aeration is a great place to start.
Aquatic Resource Management specializes in assessing your pond and lake aeration needs. Our team trouble shoots existing aerators, recommends efficient aeration solutions for ponds of all sizes, installs new aerators, diffused bubbler aeration systems, floating fountain aerators, fountains, and more.
Aquatic Resource Management specializes in the design, construction, and installation of landscape features that are functional, recreational, and can enhance your pond’s beauty and ecology.
- Floating docks can serve as a swimming and recreation destination and can be fitted with access ladders and benches for sitting and storage. Floating docks can be isolated in the middle of the pond or connected to the shoreline by a gangway.
- Floating islands are ecological docks planted fully or partially with aquatic plants that will help circulate water, disperse dissolved oxygen, and serve as habitat for fish, aquatic invertebrates, and more.
- Gangways are walkways that can help you get out to a deeper fishing or swimming hole in your pond. These can lead to a floating dock or simply terminate at a deeper spot in the pond.
- Bridges can create access to hidden areas of your pond and make existing islands a destination.
Aquatic Weed Management
We specialize in dealing with problematic aquatic weeds like:
- Floating water fern or Azolla (Azolla filliculoides)
- Water primrose (Ludwigia spp.)
- Duckweed (Lemna spp.)
- Many forms of filamentous and planktonic algae
- Cattail (Typha spp.)
- Bulrush (Schoenoplectus spp.)
Azolla “Mosquito Fern”
Aquatic Resource Management specializes in managing fisheries toward the goal of a self-sustaining system. We work with our partner company, the Fort Bragg Trout Farm, to stock fish and manage fish and invertebrate populations including, but not limited to:
We also assess whether or not the fish population in your pond is the correct mix of species. Fish populations that are unbalanced can cause problems like increased siltation, poor water quality, murky or unclear water, and more. If your fish population is out of balance, we can correct this by adjusting the population- adding more species, removing fish, or adding different sizes and generations to your fish population.The Fort Bragg Trout Farm
Wondering why your pond water isn’t clear?
Let the Aquatic Resource Management team visit your pond to assess its water clarity and water quality challenges. The culprit of poor pond & lake water quality or low water clarity can be complex and is often caused by incorrect pond maintenance techniques, build-up of silts and soils in the pond basin, lack of oxygen circulating through the pond, the wrong mix of fish species for your pond, or many more reasons. The Aquatic Resource Management can help you find the reason why your pond water quality is low and help you improve your ponds water clarity and water quality.
Pond and lake habitat enhancements begin with solving any current ecological challenges your pond may be experiencing. The Aquatic Resource Management team starts by assessing your pond. Then we make a plan to maximize your pond or lake’s benefit to you- as a place for swimming, fishing, recreation, or as a source of irrigation. Some of our services include:
- Aquatic weed management
- Algae removal
- Aeration improvements and installation
- Fish population management
- Stocking trout
- Habitat restoration
- Water quality and water clarity
Our monthly maintenance schedule includes monthly visits from our trained Aquatic Technicians who will survey your pond for aquatic weeds, apply beneficial bacteria as needed, mitigate algae blooms, and monitor overall pond health. We serve over 100 clients throughout Sonoma and Napa counties and we find that a long-term maintenance-based approach is the best way to create a sustainable, healthy aquatic environment.
Our monthly maintenance program combines the application of beneficial bacteria products and manual labor to keep your water body functioning correctly. The timely application of beneficial bacteria, UV inhibitors, and organic algaecides is critical in mitigating small issues before they become larger problems. This service includes:
- Monthly visits from trained Aquatic Resource Management Aquatic Technicians
- Maintenance of shoreline plants, water features, and aeration systems
- Water quality assessments and enhancement
- Consulting and guidance on potential pond and lake management challenges
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