Our collective knowledge of lake and pond biology, ecology, water chemistry, and management is primarily why our clients contact us. We treat every consultation as a scientifically-based analysis of our client’s pond. Unlike some of our competitors, this is not a sales oriented call! We begin by listening to the client to determine the nature of their management concerns. We then collect information on the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the pond based upon our client’s management goals. We then combine and analyze this information to prescribe a management program that will allow them to achieve their goals. Our client’s goals in these consultations can have one or many issues to manage. Each consultation is unique, just as each pond is a unique ecosystem.
Do you want to reduce the organic muck accumulation in your pond? Our consultant biologists will start by analyzing the depth and organic content of the muck, the plant species and density present in your pond, along with the water chemistry and dissolved oxygen. Sometimes, a specialized form of bacteria and enzymes is just what is needed. (see muck reduction pellets)
Maybe you want to manage your pond to support a quality fishery. (see fisheries management) What type of population dynamics do you want for your pond? Water chemistry analysis coupled with dissolved oxygen readings will be analyzed to make sure that your pond can support a quality fishery. It may be necessary to survey your pond to establish a current population base for future stocking. (see fish stocking) It may be beneficial to install a custom designed aeration system to destratify your pond. (see aeration systems)
You may have pond weed and algae growth that is out of control. An analysis of your nutrient composition might be necessary to know if you have water that is too high in nitrogen or phosphorous and how to get these problem nutrients under control. (see nutrient loading) You will need to properly identify what plant and algae species are out of control to know the proper aquatic herbicide that will need to be used to gain control of the problem weeds. A regular treatment schedule might also be necessary to keep your pond looking beautiful. (see pond management programs)
Some of our clients want their pond to be as aesthetically pleasing to the eye as possible. It may be creating the perfect plantings for both species and density. Some clients need assistance in planning, planting, and launching a floating island planted with flowers or other native pond plants. (see floating islands) These floating islands can act as wildlife habitat, fish structure, and aid in removing nutrients from the water. The aesthetics of your pond may be designed with swimming as its primary goal.
Our current consulting fees are $115/hour, including round-trip travel time from our Berlin Office. A typical consultation requires one to two hours of time on site. Detailed written recommendations will be provided at the conclusion of the consultation. Many of our clients say that this was the best money they have ever spent on their pond.