Aquatic Plant Problems – Aquatic Control Answers Part 2

Aquatic Vegetation Problems Part 2

While it might seem tiring to some to always be actively managing aquatic vegetation, rest assured Aquatic Control is continuing to work closely with manufacturers, research and government agencies to provide better options and/or improve application methods to gain better control of the aquatic plant problems pond managers face.

Aquatic Control has the unique opportunity to test the products we sell.  Our lake management division uses these same products in their day to day vegetation management programs.  Without repeatable success on our contract job sites, we not be able to maintain this customer base.  These products work. Continue reading

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Aquatic Plant Problems – Aquatic Control Answers

Aquatic Vegetation Problems

While it might seem tiring to some to always be actively managing aquatic vegetation, rest assured Aquatic Control is continuing to work closely with manufacturers, research and government agencies to provide better options and/or improve application methods to gain better control of the aquatic plant problems pond managers face.

Aquatic Control has the unique opportunity to test the products we sell.  Our lake management division uses these same products in their day to day vegetation management programs.  Without repeatable success on our contract job sites, we not be able to maintain this customer base.  These products work. Continue reading

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Plant ID Photo – How to take picture

Plant ID Photo

We get several phone calls a day from pond owners trying to clear up an aquatic vegetation problem.  Some of these phone calls begin with a plant description, others start off naming a plant species that they saw as a plant id photo on the internet. It is challenging to provide an accurate management plan when the target plant id is uncertain.

Aquatic Control’s experience in the aquatics industry has taught us several things but one in particular has stood out over time. – – Provide successful management plans for pond owners and they will call you when they need more help. – – Guessing at plant id can be costly, so with the advancement in technology, we have turned to plant id photos.  This is not without it limits, but is better than most phone conversation plant id’s will go.  Here are some photos illustrating the type of pictures we need to make an accurate plant identification. Continue reading

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Pond and Lake Management – Aquatic Control

Pond and lake management can be difficult and time consuming for many individuals.  For this reason, Aquatic Control offers a wide variety of pond and lake management services.  Our services include aquatic vegetation management, fish population management, aeration equipment design, installation and maintenance and any other challenge you bring to us.

Pond and Lake Management

Aquatic Control® was one of the first professionally staffed companies to provide control of nuisance aquatic vegetation using products specifically registered for use in pond and lake management.  Our personnel were involved in the early field-testing and evaluation of aquatic chemicals that are now EPA registered and in common use.  We continue to work with manufacturers, university personnel, and others involved in the production, testing and regulation of aquatic products.  Only EPA registered herbicides and algaecides, or products exempt from registration, are used in our pond and lake management plans.

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Product Safety – EPA Registered Aquatic Products

We are frequently asked – “Are these products safe to use in my pond?”

Product Safety

We work hard to maintain the highest level of product safety in our efforts to manage aquatic resources.  All the products sold by Aquatic Control are either registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or exempted from registration.  The following is taken from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s website – www.epa.gov

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Aeration for Ponds

Aeration Equipment Installation & Maintenance

Aeration for Ponds

Aeration for ponds is something we know a lot about.  We have several different options for diffused aeration equipment and floating aeration options.

Although the aeration equipment we sell requires a minimum of equipment or experience for installation and maintenance, we offer these services on request. Our experienced personnel can provide a fast, efficient installation, start up and water quality check at your lake. We can provide regular equipment maintenance and water analysis to insure maximum equipment life and continued effective operation.

Dissolved oxygen is the single most important water quality parameter in lakes and ponds. All fish life and natural fish food organisms depend on dissolved oxygen for life. Under natural conditions, oxygen is produced by plant life, primarily microscopic algae (phytoplankton) and surface diffusion from the air. This is distributed in the water by wind induced currents and by diffusion. These processes are adequate to satisfy the oxygen demand in lakes and ponds only under ideal conditions with very low input of fertilizers and organic materials (grass, leaves, etc.). Few lakes satisfy these conditions.

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Aquatic Control attending 55th Annual APMS Meeting

Aquatic Control will be attending the 2015 Aquatic Plant Management Society conference.  This years conference is being held in Myrtle Beach, SC.  The dates for the annual conference are  July 12-15.

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General Meeting Information

This year, the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society will host the 55th Annual Meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society July 12-15, 2015 at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort at Kingston Plantation. Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort on the Grand Strand is at the north end of Myrtle Beach, minutes from many attractions, such as Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach House of Blues, Tanger Outlet Mall, and over 100 golf courses. The 385 stylish resort guest rooms have private balconies, many offering spectacular ocean views. Guests have access to all Kingston Plantation Resort amenities, including Splash! Waterpark, resort pools, lazy river, and the Sport and Health Club, which offers an indoor pool, modern exercise equipment, tennis, and a variety of aerobics classes. Continue reading

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Pond Restoration Program

Pond Restoration Program                            Pond Restoration Program

Of course, any of our services can be selected alone for individual needs, but our Pond Restoration Program has fully engaged all of our services.  This 3 year program will include everything that you need to get your lake or pond headed in the right direction.

Lakes and ponds are valuable and dynamic resources that can often times be difficult to manage.  Lake quality can be impacted by a variety of factors including, but not limited to: invasive plants and animals, fish populations, watershed, lake morphology and nutrient levels.  We design this program which can help to better understand all factors impacting your lake.  Over the 3 years of this program, we will look at the following:

  • Nuisance vegetation management – Licensed aquatic applicators will control nuisance vegetation every other week throughout the growing season
  • Bathymetric and plant biovolume map (Year 1 & Year 3) – Aquatic vegetation and depth data will be collected using hydroacoustic equipment.  This information will be used to create a high quality layered bathymetric and plant biovolume map.
  • Water quality testing – Samples will be collected in spring and late summer and analyzed for: dissolved oxygen/temp profile, Secchi, pH, Alkalinity, hardness, nitrate, total phosphorus, and ortho-phosphorus.
  • Electrofishing survey (Year 1 & Year 3) – Specialized boat mounted electrofishing equipment will be used to survey your lake in order to assess the fish community.  Data collected will be sued to create recommendations for preserving and enhancing your sport fish community.
  • Application of nutrient reduction products – Water quality sampling will be used to select the proper products needed to lower nutrient levels and improve water clarity.
  • Installation and maintenance of a properly sized aeration system – Aquatic Control® aeration specialists will analyze water quality and bethymetric data in order to design and install a properyly sized aeration system that enhances water quality and improves fish habitat by properly circulating your pond.
  • Annual diagnostic report – Electronic and hard copy reports will be generated at the end of each season that outline the year’s activities and future recommendations
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Plant Identification

Plant IdentificationPlant Identification

If you have questioned why we continue to emphasize the importance in identifying your problem vegetation, please continue to read this blog.

I got a phone call from a lady in Georgia who called to discuss a problem in her lake.  She had done her homework and contacted a local University Professor who came out and identified the plant in her lake.  She gave me the name of the plant and my mind drew a blank.  I had never heard this plant name and knew I was going to struggle in communicating with a customer on the phone how to manage a plant species that I had never heard about.  Continue reading

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Murky Water

Murky Pond Water

Summer is here and we are all happy that we can get out to enjoy our ponds and/or lakefront properties.  But the water is murky and not as clear as when it was too cold to swim, is now warmer but not as clear.  What can be done?

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