What size ponds/lakes can you clean?
Around 1/8 acre to 10 acres.
How often does this have to be done?
Depending on how well you maintain your pond/lake after cleaning, it should last 15-20 years.
How does the system work?
The system hydraulically removes the decaying organic sediment from the bottom of ponds/lakes. Any area could be specifically targeted and is incredibly efficient and environmentally friendly.
Will this adversely affect aquatic life and fish?
No, you do not have to relocate any aquatic life.
What do you do with all the sludge that you pump out?
Most people have enough property to discharge on site, if not, we provide other alternatives.
Will this destroy any of my property?
Because of its liquid form, the organic sediment will disperse evenly among the grass and trees.
In addition, it is so nutrient rich that plants love it and so do farmers.
Do you have to clean the entire pond/lake?
No, we are concerned with mainly the bowl area, which is the deepest part, where the bulk of the organic sediment has accumulated and is doing the most environmental damage. As a matter of fact, we serviced a pond which was going to take at least three days, but because of their budget, we only worked one day. The pond cleaned up so well, it was five years later before she called us back to finish the pond, which confirms any start is a good start.
How much organic sediment can you remove?
In one pond we went through 12 feet of organic sediment before we reached the original bottom. Most ponds/lakes, however, have an average of 1 – 3 feet of organic sediment.
How far can you pump the organic sediment?
Up to 2000 feet, depending on grade and elevation.
Why do bodies of water need to be cleaned?
The Earth tries to reclaim all bodies of water. In the deeper water lies anaerobic bacteria which cannot decompose the onslaught of organic matter. This material slowly builds as a nutrient-rich compost, or natural plant fertilizer, saturating the water with nitrogen, phosphates, sulfur dioxides, methane gasses, and the list goes on. This causes excessive algae and weed growth, foul water, and sometimes kills fish. All this dies through the winter, adding and compounding a natural cycle that builds over time, and fills your pond or lake over time.
What about aeration systems?
Most of the ponds/lakes that we clean have aeration systems. Even the ponds/lakes that have had aeration systems in place for several years have considerable depths of organic sediment in the bottom of the bowls which should not be there if the system were that effective. That’s the main reason our system was developed. Aeration systems are a big plus to alleviating some gases from saturating the water but as far as decomposing sludge/sediment from the bottom, there has been little success. After we clean the pond or lake bottom, aeration systems are a great help in keeping a body of water healthier longer.
What is the difference between your system and mechanical excavators?
Water is a disadvantage to heavy equipment. A reputable excavator will drain the pond first to ensure that the organic sediment solidifies to a more manageable solid form; otherwise, the organic sediment will just slop around the blade; they will get stuck, and it’s a real bear. That is why they charge so much. Check around. The average cost is around $75,000 per acre. To dragline wet (remember the organic sediment is in a soft liquid state), when the bucket hits the organic sediment, the organic sediment explodes in the water, saturating the entire water column (like a spoon stirring chocolate milk). Yes, you will have a deeper pond, because they can remove the hard clays and soils at the bottom when they dig. But when they are finished and the pond/lake settles, you are right back where you started. Our system uses water to our advantage. How does this sound? Insert a straw into the chocolate and suck it all up, and your problems are over. No mess, no costly re-landscaping, only efficient and cost-effective results.
Do you need to visit the site and dive the area to receive a proposal?
No, we do not have to visit the site and dive the body of water but we highly recommend a site visit and dive of the area as it is impossible to know accurately the depth and density of the organic sediment. However, we will offer a preliminary proposal based on the answers to several key questions listed in our questionnaire.
How much does this cost?
Because all ponds/lakes are so different and even sediment samples are not really reliable in indicating how much organic sediment is in the bottom of the ponds/lakes, we charge on a daily basis, like time and material. Typically we can restore 1/8th acre per day when removing an average of 12 to 18 inches of organic sediment, naturally, it would take more time if we were removing 2 to 3 feet from the same area. Daily rates can be obtained by request.