Lake Water Quality Testing

Water quality testing can identify in lakes and waterways possible contaminants. Services are available to test for oxygen, bacteria, nutrients, chemicals and other agents. LAKE AND WETLAND MANAGEMENT provides quality water testing to lakes and wetlands and help identity any contaminants in the water.

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Importance of Lake Water Testing

Water testing in lakes and wetlands is important because it can tell a lot about the lake. Once the water is tested, they can continue on further with fixing any problems that may arise from testing.

The environment is always changing and with that, the water quality. There are living organisms that can effect the quality. Water testing allows specific problems to be tested such as muck build up, algae growth, and suspended solids.
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There are a lot of factors that play a part in the quality of water in lake and wetlands. When testing the water all of these have to be taken into consideration as well.

  • soil
  • vegetation
  • position on the landscape
  • topography
  • water quantity (amount of flow)
  • climate
  • groundwater and surface water chemistry
  • hydrology

There are state regulations on water quality and they vary between different bodies of water such as lakes or streams. A lot of the quality can also depend on runoff and pollution that can create other fields of management for wetlands such as installing fences or signs. Since there is so much that can effect the water quality, it is important to regularly test it and act on a problem as soon as it rises.

Tests

There are many different tests that have to be done, as well as levels of test, such as basic or more advanced.

Basic Lake Water Quality

Nutrients – total Phosphorus, Total Nitrogen, Ammonia
Water Clarity – Secchi Depth
Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature Profile

Muck

Nutrients – Total Phosphorus, Total Nitrogen, Ammonia
Water Clarity – Secchi Depth
Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature Profile
Soil Organic Content
Muck Depth

Pre-aeration

Nutrients – Total Phosphorus
Water Clarity – Secchi Depth
Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature Profile

Water Clarity

Secchi Depth, Turbidity, Total Suspended Solids, Chlorophyll a, Particulate Organic

Total Lake Quality

Nutrients – Total Phosphorus, Total Nitrogen, Ammonia, Phosphates
Dissolved Oxygen, Temperature and Redox
Water Clarity – Secchi Depth, Turbidity, Total Dissolved Solids, Total Suspended Solids, Chlorophyll a
Salts – Salinity, Chloride, Conductivity
Acid/Base Readings – pH, Total Alkalinity, Total Hardness
Lake and Wetland Management performs the tests required to have a high lake water quality
Water quality testing is included in the services provided.