Efficient Pond Management

Thank you to the Partners of Scott County Watersheds for inviting us to speak about floating islands at the January lunch forum. The turnout was great and many cities, companies and individuals were interested in using floating islands and other pond management practices discussed to improve the water quality in the region. Applications ranged from farm ponds to urban stormwater ponds and even wastewater clearing ponds. It is great to see how many people are interested in improving the environment.

We will be attending the Iowa Water Conference in Ames, Iowa this March and invite anyone interested in water quality in Iowa to join. We will have a booth outside the main lecture hall and will be available to answer questions and discuss your pond.

We help our clients to manage their pond to improve the condition and stabilize it for a healthy balanced pond. Determining and addressing the underlying cause of any pond problem is key in long term success. Our ponds have many influences around them that effect the long term stability and quality. By using multiple best management practices, we can minimize and control most of these influences and keep the pond in optimal condition. Relying on only one management practice often results in failure as it is overwhelmed by weather events and the results of human activity.

The types of water bodies we specialize on include: farm ponds, neighborhood ponds, stormwater ponds, wastewater ponds, private ponds and municipal ponds starting at on quarter acre and larger. Our smaller work boat can be launched from anywhere without the need for a boat ramp and can get into most places on the pond. We do have larger boats for projects on larger lakes.
Pond Jumper Work Boat

We work with the pond owner to create a plan that fits their goals for the pond, time frame and budget. A well designed pond management plan uses current measurable data to identify problem areas to improve while meeting the goals and budget of the pond owner. We have many options available to improve your pond. We can completely do the work required for you or provide guidance with the materials needed for you and your group to do the work to eliminate labor costs. Since we are available to visit your pond in person to make observations and collect data, our guidance will be superior to any advice you may get on line or over the phone from someone in some other state that has not been to your pond.

Some of the best management practices we have found to be successful include: properly designed and maintained bottom based aeration, natural bacteria supplements, floating islands, and watershed improvement among others.

Here is an EPA guide on bioremediation.

Case Study - Aeration and Pond Bacteria

Case Study - Pond Bacteria Sludge Pellets

Past and present customers include:
  • The University of Iowa
  • John Deere Corporation
  • Niabi Zoo
  • The City of Princeton, IL
  • The City of Moline, IL
  • Bluff Lake Restaurant
  • Numerous home owners associations and private pond owners