The Frog Blog

When you visit the doctor’s office for a check-up they usually collect information from you on every visit. Things like your heart rate, your blood pressure, and even blood screenings typically will be collected regularly. Sometimes you may wonder why it is that your doctor collects this information time and time again. You may ask yourself; “Did I really need to have these tests done if I feel no different from the time before?”. Of course, sometimes the tests are preformed because of a known health issue but, many times your doctor may just be monitoring your health. Through health monitoring, your doctor creates an understanding of how your health has changed over time and can give you beneficial suggestions. Many times, monitoring your health can allow you and your doctor to notice potential problems before they even arise. Monitoring the health your lake or pond is important for many of the same reasons and with set goals, the knowledge of a professional, and continued monitoring your waters can be their best.

The question that you may have now is “what should I be monitoring?”. The answer can be pretty complex. In an ideal world, a doctor would have the resources and ability to perform as many tests as possible on their patients even when there may be no sign of illness. This way all potential health issues are looked into and the doctor and patient can be prepared for possible future treatments. Unfortunately, there is a vast number of diseases and illnesses that usually go beyond the time and money of the patient as well as the ability and means of the doctor. This means that doctors must use their knowledge of your health to best choose what potential health risks to monitor. The same can be said of ponds and lakes. If a “symptom” your pond is experiencing is excessive turbidity in your waters then perhaps monitoring areas of quickened runoff and sedimentation would be worth your time. Additionally, just like health issues can arise from internal sources (i.e. genetics) or external sources (i.e. undercooked food), lake and pond issues can also come from internal and external sources. Sticking with turbidity, the cause of the issue may arise from the aforementioned runoff (externally) or within if there are a large number of bottom dwelling fish kicking up sediment (internally).

Having knowledge of the complex biological, physical, and chemical components of water environments can help you most effectively manage your pond or lake. Unfortunately, most people don’t have this knowledge. The good news is, similar to a doctor monitoring your health, a pond or lake expert can help monitor your pond and point you toward the right direction for proper treatment saving you time and money. AQUA DOC is a leader in this level of expertise and can provide the right treatment for your symptoms.

By: Edward Kwietniewski

Aquatic Biologist

AQUA DOC Lake and Pond Mangement

Edward Kwietniewski graduated from The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) with a Bachelor’s degree in Aquatics and Fisheries Science. He also has a Master’s degree in Lake Management from the State University of New York College at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta). He has a love for all things aquatic and is an avid fisherman.