Going Green: Dredging Muck from Lakes or Ponds Biologically

Published 03/04 2014 02:11PM

Updated 03/04 2014 02:22PM

If you live by a lake or pond, you're probably tired of all the muck.  Dredging is a process that's been used for years to clean up water, but it's not exactly a "green" process but one local company is getting rid of the muck biologically.

"A lot of people don't even know, the people that live on lakes realize what the problem is.  They're seeking answers and we've moved forward enough now that we feel confident in helping people and getting those projects done."

Jeremy Grubaugh is the Aquatic Manager for Pond Champs, a business dedicated to providing a green alternative to traditional mechanical dredging.

"All it is, is just simply measuring the sediment and then coming in and using biologicals to reduce it."

By removing sediment and muck, it provides a better environment for fish and eliminates unwanted weeds.

"It also is a lot less invasive.  When you come in and use backhoes and trucks to remove sediment, you are gonna damage a lot of the turf alongside the lake."

Besides damaging turf, using trucks and backhoes is going to cost you a lot more than biological cleanup.

"Generally, it's about a quarter to a third of the price of mechanical dredging."

The science behind biological dredging is the same science behind reducing human waste.

"We use a product that has been used for a lot of years in sewage industries.  It's just taking something that we found in one industry and moving it into another industry."

After analyzing the pond or lake, biological dredgers measure the amount of sediment in the lake.  By using tubes similar to those in a sewage system, they are able to break down organic material that has built up over years, without causing damage to living organisms.

"So this is a much less invasive and much more greener alternative way of removing the muck."

Reclaiming water is very important, especially to those who live near a pond or lake.  Pond Champs offer biological dredging service, mapping, and expertise, as well as do it yourself kits. 

For more information, you can visit their website at pondexcavate.com or call 426-6281.

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