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Lake and Pond Natural Muck Removal

During a ponds natural aging process, they accumulate years of organic material that build up and cover their bottom. These materials slowly use the oxygen available in the water, suffocating life below. Muck is a sure sign that there's not enough oxygen on your pond or lake floor. Muck reduction will help increase water quality by restoring healthy aquatic plants and good bacteria that eat muck.
When oxygen levels in a water body are depleted, anaerobic bacteria partially break down the sediment. In the process, they can emit hydrogen sulfide--the rotten egg smell that accompanies stirring up muck from most lakes or ponds. The cause of this odor is a lack of oxygen, and it's one way to tell if there aren't enough dissolved gases for life-supporting organisms like algae and plants; however, not only does hydrogen sulfide have noxious effects on these aerobic species but also on insects and fish at low concentrations (0.3 mg/l). 
Lake and Pond Natural Muck Removal
An even more harmful effect comes when anaerobic bacteria release ammonia into the aquatic environment, which then feeds weeds and toxic algal blooms with its nutrient nitrogen content greater than 3.0 mg/l. This causes the release of methane, nitrogen gas, and carbon dioxide and is harmful to aerobic bacteria, insects, and fish. Carbon dioxide kills fish at levels greater than 30 mg/l, while methane can kill them in concentrations higher than 10-20mg/l. The accumulation of organic sediment (muck) causes a lack of oxygen which results in unpleasant odor as well as the death of aquatic life due to lethal gasses like these that are released by decomposition processes near shorelines or just below the surface where there isn't enough light for photosynthesis without it becoming anoxic.

The Process

Our lakes and rivers are home to many different plants, fish, bacteria, and insects. These creatures depend on one another for survival - which is why it's so vital that they all get enough oxygen! The aquatic vegetation in the water produces oxygen during daytime hours when photosynthesis occurs. Those same microscopic organisms use up some of this gas at night with their respiration processes. A lack or excess can cause serious trouble if not remedied quickly- like a suffocating sickness amongst these animals who rely on healthy levels of air to live.

Environmental Waterway Restoration's Natural Muck Removal Process

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While bottom oxygen tests may show that the base is well supplied by plant life (during the day), nighttime measurements might give us an altogether different picture about how much O2 was present even before we begin our process. After oxygen is introduced to the water column, microorganisms and insects feed on organic sediment.

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This process has a similar result as bacteria feeding on compost - with a bonus of cleaner lake bottoms! The purposeful introduction of beneficial aerobic organisms into these challenging environments results in clean-er lakes; not only that, but they also provide food for other animals like fish who need phosphorus or carbon dioxide from decomposing plants and plant material. Without this addition, muck would accumulate throughout the entire bottom, which could be toxic to aquatic life living there because it will inhibit their ability to breathe.

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EWR's natural enzyme CLEAN & CLEAR works to accelerate the muck removal process by eliminating anaerobic decay. Once oxygen is available, our microorganisms and enzymes work together to reduce build-up on pond surfaces that result from this type of decaying matter in aging ponds.

Our Natural Alternative to Dredging

For sand and silt, dredging is still considered to be the best method. We know of no other means to remove inorganic deposits than by this process. Yet, according to the EPA, dredging does nothing for water quality or fish population as it mixes phosphorus with nitrogen from muck into surface waters when re-introduced after being cleaned up during a damming project. For these reasons, there are strict regulations on how much pollution can be mixed back onto lake surfaces before they will approve any further projects involving discharging dumped dredge materials near lakesides.

Researchers have found that to limit the re-introduced pollutants, such as ammonia and manganese (over thirty water pollutants), dredged waters must be oxygenated.
Natural Alternative to Dredging - EWRFlorida
Although Dredging a lake does deepen, it does not improve water quality. Still, the EWR Continuous Laminar Flow Inversion / Oxygenation System, our natural C-FLO+ living organisms, and Clean & Clear natural vegetable enzymes have proven effective for organic sediment reduction. This means that they can help reduce unpleasant algae growths in your lakes by improving their cleanliness. What's more, is you don't need any machinery at all!

Combining these systems is very effective for organic sediment reduction and certainly improves water quality for far less expense and inconvenience.
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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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