FAQ about Lakes and Lake Management

At Lake Doctors, Inc., we know a lot about lake management, as you can guess from our company name. That means we get many questions about bodies of water, and we have decided to create this FAQ section about lakes and lake management to provide some useful information.

Q: Why is the water in my lake so high, or low?

A: The water level in a pond or lake is dependent upon many factors. You need to take into account the amount of precipitation it receives as well as runoff that feeds into the body of water. Evaporation is a factor to consider that lowers the level along with discharge into groundwater or streams that may run out of the lake.

Q: I hear about “lake turnover,” what is it?

A: Cold water is dense, and it remains near the bottom while warmer water stays near the top of the lake. As the air temperatures cool somewhat in the later months of the year, the water at the surface gets a bit colder and sinks, replacing the water at the bottom, which rises. This “turns over” the water of the lake. This phenomenon is more prevalent in climates with more considerable temperature changes throughout the year. It is natural lake management in a sense.

Q: How can I prevent lakeshore erosion?

A: There are two main options that people use to stop erosion. Hard-armor refers to placing large rocks along the shore where vegetation is not strong enough to prevent the banks from wearing away. Soft-armor uses organic and inorganic materials, along with plants, to create a more natural and environmentally friendly control method.

We hope that these answers provide you with a bit of insight on lake management and the things that need to be considered when you have water features on your property. Whenever you wish to learn more or need assistance, we are happy to help.