Algae Control | Aquatic Plant Control


Overview of Algae Control

Aqua Link is staffed with highly qualified pond and lake managers with extensive experience in algae control in ponds, lakes and reservoirs. We manage hundreds of ponds and lakes annually for our clients. Algae typically occur as phytoplankton (free-floating, microscopic tiny aquatic plants) and filamentous algae. Filamentous algae first grows along the bottom of ponds and lakes, and then commonly breaks loose and becomes buoyant forming unattractive surface algal mats.   

Aqua Link often uses an integrated approach to control excessive amounts of algae (kill algae) which often includes the use of aquatic algaecides, pond dyes, concentrated bacteria additives (known as bioaugmentation) and aeration (water fountains and diffused air aeration systems). 


Control of Toxic Blue Green Algae

Some blue green algae (cyanobacteria) produce toxins or poisons (cyanotoxins). In their toxic form, blue green algae can cause illness in humans, pets, waterfowl, and other animals that come in contact with the algae. Toxic blooms can kill livestock and pets that drink the water. 

Aqua Link team of professional pond and lake managers can determine if your lake contains potentially toxic forms of blue-green algae. We can also accurately determine the concentrations of cyanotoxins in your waterbody and the potential risks associated with any algal blooms. If blue-green algae become dominant, Aqua Link has the expertise to control  noxious blue-green algal blooms (algae control) thereby allowing desirable pond and lake uses to continue.


Overview of Aquatic Plant Control

Aqua Link manages hundreds of ponds and lakes for excessive growth of aquatic plants (aquatic plant control). Aquatic plants are generally categorized as emergent (cattails, phragmites, irises, rushes, sedges, pickerelweed), submergent (pondweeds, elodea, milfoils, naiads), and floating leaved (i.e. water lilies, water shield, duckweed, watermeal).

Overall, native aquatic plants are an integral component of aquatic ecosystems, but when too many are present (overgrown or weed choked), desirable pond and lake uses such as fishing, boating, and swimming, are often impaired. In general, fisheries in ponds and lakes are optimal when aquatic plant coverage ranges between 30 to 40 percent. 


Beware of Aquatic Plant Invaders!

Invasive aquatic plants pose serious threats to all pond and lakes and their control can be very expensive if not detected early. In most instances, non-native aquatic plants out-compete more desirable native plants resulting in a loss of species diversity and impairment of desirable pond and lake uses such as, fishing, boating, and swimming. Non-native aquatic plants often grow taller and form denser stands than their native counterparts. This allows them to effectively block out sun light for more beneficial native plant species.  

The best line of defense from aquatic plant invaders is having your pond or lake surveyed by Aqua Link's professional team of pond and lake managers (Aquatic Plant Surveys). Early detection and rapid response in controlling non-native, invasive aquatic plants (aquatic plant control) is critical for protecting your aquatic ecosystem. Thereafter, Aqua Link will develop a specific cost-effective aquatic plant management plan for restoring and protecting your pond or lake.