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Guide to Dredging

ILM Environment’s Guide To Dredging

Dredging is an important part of keeping a lake,
pond, or other body of water clean and healthy.

As lakes and ponds age, they accumulate sediment over time that affects their ecological health and appearance. Sediment often contains excess nutrients which feed unwanted plants and algae. Sediment also causes loss of water depth and can easily become suspended in the water, affecting water quality and clarity.

Eventually, the aquatic ecosystem loses functionality and stops supporting aquatic life. Lake management strategies, like proper aeration, nutrient deactivation and plant and algae control, are important to maintaining a healthy lake or pond. To keep water bodies in good ecological health, however, you will likely at some point need to dredge.