BASELINE ANAYLSIS & SPECIFIC ECOSYSTEM COMPONENT STUDIES
Our staff provides a variety of specific analysis for ponds and lakes in the area. Many sites do not want a full spectrum Aquatic Ecosystem Survey completed, but do have specific component projects that are needed for either baseline data or periodic analysis. The three most common specialized studies are:
Water Chemistry, especially in irrigation ponds, where high levels of salts impacts whether a pond can be used for irrigation. In many ponds amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous are the primary cause of algae blooms, thus testing allows AEM to implement better management practices to reduce nutrient loading, bind nutrients, and minimize chemical treatments.
Bathymetric & Sediment Mapping allows baseline conditions to be measured and determinations can be made regarding percentage of sediment and total volume. This assessment aids in calculating time-frames, as well as planning for permitting and budgeting for potential dredging or sediment removal projects. The contour maps reveal potential issues regarding storm drainage, severe shoreline erosion, and high nutrient loads.
Sediment Analysis allows for understanding of impacts of shoreline erosion or internal loading and effects on aquatic life, as well as determining potential benefits of aeration equipment and bacterial & enzyme treatments to reduce organic sediments.