Aeration of lakes and reservoirs has been used for a number of years as a method of improving water quality. When imbalances do occur in a lake or pond aeration can make an immense difference when utilized effectively and as part of a comprehensive management plan. The benefits of an oxygenated lake or pond are significant.
Aeration can help mitigate undesirable algae by facilitating the conversion of phosphorus to forms that do not sustain algae growth. It can also adjust pH and other related water quality parameters to help improve the growth of fish, native organisms and healthy green phytoplankton – rather than cyanobacteria species, which can be toxic to humans and wildlife.
Most importantly, improved aeration and water circulation can help reduce the accumulation of sediment at the bottom of the waterbody, which is one of the most common signs of an aging pond. As a result, the waterbody is naturally healthier.