Successful lake management requires identifying the problem, selecting viable solutions, and executing the program. These three steps can be challenging for riparians. LakePro provides a range of consulting services to help you confidently move from problem to solution.
Lake Management Services
LakePro can develop a lake management plan for your waterbody. Your LMP will describe the lake, identify problems and threats to the water, and analyze viable solutions. The LMP serves as the “playbook” for conducting any services. The methods, results, and impacts of all activities are recorded in the LMP and we will update your LMP annually as conditions change.
LakePro also completes Lake Management Plans for whole-lake treatments, as required by the MDEQ, for Fluridone treatments to control EWM.
LakePro can create a bathymetric map of your waterbody. We use a GPS-SONAR unit to map the lake and record depths at many points. The latitudes, longitudes, and depths are entered into GIS software the create depth-contour lines. This map can be used to calculate the water volume, average depth, and littoral zone of the lake.
LakePro can help you establish an overall budget and estimate costs for lake management activities. We work with you to determine the problems, your priorities, and possible solutions. Then, we estimate or provide costs to achieve your goals through various activities and finalize a budget so you can start collecting funds and hiring contractors.
LakePro can help you collect bids for your lake management activities. We work with you to determine the services and price structure most appropriate for your management. Then, we compose a legal Request For Proposal (RFP) and send it to licensed companies that provide those services. If requested, we also help analyze the bids, contact references, and interview bidders.
LakePro can help you with all of your administrative needs associated with lake management, including record keeping, accounts receivable and payable, scheduling, and contractor supervision.
Lake can also attend meetings to help you present your lake management activities. We often attend meetings with lake boards, S.A.D.s, associations, and individuals to explain the lake management plan and answer questions. Our goal is to facilitate informed decision making.
Wetlands are a vital ecological, economic, and social component of our world. LakePro can help you identify any wetlands or conservation easements near your site. We can also determine if there are invasive species that need to be controlled, erosion potential, contamination, or any other areas for improving the wetlands.
A healthy and balanced fishery is an important part of every waterbody. LakePro can help provide a survey for your waterbody to determine the species, approximate populations, and size ranges of the fishes. The results of this survey will help direct future lake management activities and any needs for fish stocking.
Algae is necessary to the aquatic ecosystem, but with elevated nutrient levels the algae can quickly become a nuisance. But, nuisance algae growth can be more than just an eyesore — there are harmful types of algae that release toxins into the water.
LakePro can help you obtain algae identification from a certified and independent laboratory. If the laboratory identifies the algae as a toxin producer, they will also test the water for those toxins. This information will support any precautionary actions taken to prevent contact with the water.
In lake management, identifying the cause of the problem can be just as important as curing the problem itself. Nutrient accumulation in the bottom sediment of your waterbody can be the cause of your nuisance plant growth. LakePro can sample and test your bottom sediments to determine the nutrient levels and organic content. There are also tests available for pollutants and heavy metals.