If you manage a pond or lake, you’ve probably heard the recent news reports about toxic blue-green algae blooms in contaminated bodies of water. You are probably wondering how you can protect your pond or lake from algae and pollutants.
Best Lake Management Practices
Every lake is different and, in many cases, there is no set “one-size-fits-all solution;” however there are best practices that should be upheld to preserve and protect ground and surface waters.
BMP – BMP stands for “best management practices.” These are science-based lawn and landscape practices that should be put into place to protect your pond or lake, including using specific fertilizer techniques, reducing or eliminating the use of herbicides, investing in aeration systems, and stocking the lake with weed and algae-eating fish.
IPM – Integrated pest management or IPM is a system that maintains ponds and lakes with minimal chemicals. This strategy involves reduced use of EPA-registered materials, using biological controls, and circulation and oxygenation of water, which can be done with aeration systems and fountains.
Lake Doctors, Inc. is a lake management company with intimate knowledge of these best practices. We can help you manage your waterways to prevent toxic algae from taking hold of your pond or lake. Contact us today for more information on how to maintain a healthy lake.