Water Resource Management, Inc.
6635 W. Happy Valley Road, #A-104-492
Glendale, AZ 85310
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Lake Warm-Up

As temperatures in lakes warm-up, it holds some not-so-pleasant surprises for lakeside property residents. The two most common are the potential appearance of algae blooms and the presence of swarms of midge flies.

With longer daylight, the availability of nutrients that were stored in the winter months and the temperature-related stirring of lake strata, combined with decreased beneficial organism activity, often results in the appearance of filamentous algae (resembling moss-green cotton candy) and/or planktonic algae blooms (resembling pea soup). At this point, because of the initial cooler water temperatures, many of the competing, beneficial organisms rebound with a growth spurt and feast upon the abundant algae already established.

To the untrained and inexperienced eye, the initial algae bloom is the target of eradication. In actuality, control of this situation needs to be a delicate balance of kill versus over-kill. By using a method to wipe out the algae, one may also wipe out the beneficial organisms. This could easily lead to a situation where your lake becomes addicted to algaecides for the entire summer season. Thus a vicious cycle would begin.

Using a trained biologist – one who understands the lake dynamics and uses algaecides sparingly – will enable the lake aesthetics to remain intact and the lake ecosystem to be maintained properly. The use of algaecides (after proper and consistent assessment of your lake by an experienced biologist) may even be able to be avoided, if not extremely minimized, for the entire span of warmer summer months.

Article: Preventative Lake Maintenance