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Lake Restoration in Florida

Feeding on the nutrients of fertile fields and lawns, aquatic weeds are one of America's most widespread, costly, and challenging environmental problems. The US EPA classifies nutrient pollution as a significant issue that Americans should be aware of - it causes excessive algae growth in lakes or oceans to start taking over faster than ecosystems can handle. Excessive weed growth reduces boat navigation by limiting activities such as water skiing; creates stagnant zones due to lack of wave action/circulation which negatively affects natural oxygen transfer in affected waters; worsens water quality when heavy amounts become concentrated from algal blooms. These things all happen because excess nitrogen and phosphorus levels remain high enough for harmful algae populations (which feed on those same nutrients) to proliferate without control. Some blue-green algae bloom produces elevated toxins and bacterial growth that can make pets, kids, and even adults very sick if they contact polluted water or eat shellfish or fish contaminated by the water.

The Effects of Eutrophication For Lake Restoration

Eutrophication is the overloading of nutrients, especially phosphates and nitrates, in the water cause a high concentration of algae to form. When these plants decompose, they use up oxygen from the environment causing fish kills. The waste produced by this process is coliform bacteria that cause odors and other symptoms like lack of dissolved oxygen, excessive weeds, and algae growths. These growths can also deplete the oxygen levels because their roots are often found deep underwater where there is no light. However, decaying plant matter needs sunlight as an alternative source for energy production, so it naturally doesn't grow near areas with ample access to air bubbles coming through. Consequently, when we see large amounts of land vegetation flourishing underwater, those aquatic ecosystems have been suffering from eutrophication-induced disruption. Though eutrophication is a natural, slow-aging process, it has been shown that human activity greatly speeds up this process.

The Process

Determining the keystone of our lake restoration solution was a difficult task, as we had to consider many factors. However, one element stands out in particular: a laminar non-turbulent flow that increases oxygen levels throughout the entire water column! Numerous studies have shown how high stable oxygen levels can reduce nutrients and minerals within this area. The most notable example is phosphorus, which stays locked into organic sediments when more elevated amounts are present!

Environmental Waterway Restoration's Keystone Method for Lake Aeration

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The goal behind creating these systems was not just about increasing oxygen concentrations - although they do increase them tremendously well. It also reduced nutrient and mineral availability for aquatic organisms like algae or plants by locking up phosphorous from reaching those areas too much over time.

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Using air from our compressors, we create a steady stream of microbubbles that oxygenate the water. These bubbles have various sizes and are installed in systems with different compressor options for each application depending on size and requirements (see Custom Design). We use self-sinking airline diffusers which release these bubbles at varying depths to ensure even coverage across an entire body of water quickly.

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The steady stream of bubbles from these devices is capable of not only lifting large quantities of water but also quickly oxygenating it as well! Increasing oxygen levels in the water column allows us to start a sequence of events that provide aquatic weed control, improve water quality and reduce organic sediments while improving fish growth.

Environmental Waterway Restoration's Keystone Method for Lake Aeration

Natural aerobic bacteria and microorganisms begin consuming the muck and nutrients provided by the decomposing matter, which feeds on these microbes! This is what breeds healthy ecosystems. The process of lake aeration provides safer conditions to swim, among other benefits like reduced coliform bacteria.

The second step Environmental Waterway Restoration takes in bringing the proper balance back to a lake is bioaugmentation. This involves introducing aerobic organisms capable of breaking down organic matter, denitrifying bacteria for reducing nitrates, and making it easier for diatom populations to thrive and begin purifying the water. With consistent use over time, these beneficial microorganisms can have a lasting positive effect on how nutrient-rich or clean your water becomes.
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Our nutrient sponge is one of the newest innovations in wetland conservation and is used after all other processes are completed. It's designed to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen as water passes through it, which helps create a healthier ecosystem for animals that live around lakes or even oceans!

Do you know what your local wetlands need? Whether they're shallow ponds with lots of vegetation or vast networks like Florida Everglades National Park, there are many different types out there -- but all will benefit from Environmental Waterway Restoration's latest innovation: nutrient sponges! Our team developed these inexpensive materials specifically to help balance the health needs for every type of wetland environment. Nutrient sponges work in two places: around the edge of lakes to reduce incoming nutrients. When placed directly into a lake or other body of water, it can help reduce available nutrients.
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EWR is a family-owned Florida based company that has been providing quality solutions for water environments since they were founded.

EWR is a family-owned Florida based company that has been providing quality solutions for water environments since they were founded.
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