Seasonal Care List: Summer

Seasonal Care List: Summer

Below are some suggestions for taking care of your natural areas in the summer months. Do you think Sediment is an issue? Are you starting to see mudflats in your lake? Having trouble getting your boat out to the deeper sections? Are aquatic plant growth and/or algae taking over your lake? You may need to have excess sediment removed – commonly called dredging. The first step to determine if dredging is necessary is for a bathymetric mapping to be conducted. ILM can create a sediment thickness map by determining the volume of sediment across the bottom of your water resource. Once determined we can help determine the feasibility of removal and being any necessary permitting. Water quality testing Understanding your water quality is important to gauge the health of your water body and making good choice in future management. Early June is a good time to begin water quality testing in lakes and ponds if multiple visits are planned over the summer. The warm water causes algae and plant growth, which helps indicate how the lake will perform later in the summer, when the lake is stressed from hot dry weather and dense growth. Testing for phosphorus, chlorophyll a, and water clarity can help determine the lake’s trophic state index (TSI) for the health of the lake. Dissolved oxygen profiles can determine if there is enough oxygen for fish, or if an aeration system is needed. Other tests can be performed to determine if the water is suitable for irrigation. Are your swimming areas safe? If your lake or pond is used for swimming periodic testing for E. coli...