Natural Water Body Rehabilitation

water 5Degraded water bodies with heavy nutrient loads can be restored using a combination of proven techniques.

  • Increasing surface area on which healthy bacteria can grow and utilize the available nutrients in the water column. Installing features such as biofalls, vegetated floating islands, naturalized water courses and other water features are proven ways to help eliminate excess nutrients and aid in the control of algal growth
  • Aggressive aeration using a variety of site specific methods will eliminate low oxygen / stagnant areas within the waterbody and promote healthy bacterial growth which in turn will reduce the nutrient load in the water column. An increase in dissolved oxygen levels will also promote fish production in larger waterbodies leading to larger, healthier fish as well as an increase in fish numbers.

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  • Encouraging the growth of a healthy and diverse aquatic plant community in naturalized waterbodies will reduce nutrient loading and provide habitat for fish and other water 3creatures. These plant communities can be established around and within the waterbody or on manmade floating islands.
  • Developing and implementing a nutrient management plan will ensure future nutrient loading issues are prevented. Issues such as fertilizer applications, leachate from septic systems, landfills and agriculture can have a dramatic and devastating impact on water quality.

Creating wetlands and using them as nutrient sinks in rural areas to treat sewage and agricultural runoff from feedlots are a low cost, effective solution that will dramatically improve water quality. This strategy is being used worldwide as an alternative to expensive highly mechanized treatment systems.

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We also have over 10 years’ experience developing and implementing fishing opportunities for a variety of water bodies from small ponds to large lakes. By doing fish inventories and assessing other factors such as available habitat, water quality and ecosystem diversity, we can devise strategies to establish fresh water fishing opportunities in degraded waterbodies. We can also improve size and numbers of freshwater game fish such as largemouth bass, bluegill etc. in established lakes and ponds.