Lake Management Service
The lake and Pond Managers at Smith Creek Fish Farm will design a comprehensive management program and provide each client with a practical maintenance plan for the future. Our goal is to preserve the natural beauty and balance of our client’s ecosystem. In the case where the client is experiencing issues v1iththeir lake 0< pond, we \viii custom tailor a plan to restore the balance of the ecosystem.
Often a plan will include algae and weed control along with a natural biology cal component In many cases a portion of the management plan will include the client applying the “Pond Care Kit” portion of program and our DEC certified applicators and managers handle the more technical aspects include ng the algae and weed control and water quality monitoring.
lakes and ponds are the centerpieces of a property. Having a property with a beaut lake/pond view and access increases the property value greatly. Conversely.a property with a troubled aquatic eco system would surely limit the property value.
Smith Creek Fish Farm uses the latest technology and equipment to expedite tile diagnose ng process and to ensure the process is done safely and with the health of the environment as the number one priority.
Other Local Services
Weed and Algae Control
As a full-service lake and pond management company, a large portion of our commercial and private clients contact us with an existing situation or problem. Many of our clients are private homeowners whose aquatic ecosystems have become unbalanced.
We use est management techniques to identify the existing problem and target the invasive. nuisance species that need to decontrolled. Algae and aquatic weeds can cause water quality issues. and in some cases can be a health hazard to pets and sometimes even humans.
Weed and algae blooms can stifle the fishery and make recreation impossible. Once the initial problem is brought under control. the focus is shifted to management and prevention of future ecological imbalance.
Our management plans will often include ideas in circulation and aeration with a fountain and or a diffuser-style aerator. Triploid grass carp in cool junction with nutrienVmuck reducing products and pond dye can stabilize and start the process of reclaiming struggling aquatic ecosystem.
Retention & Detention Pond Management
Retention. Detention and Engineered Wetlands are increase only being regulated and required for any point source runoff.
A point source runoff can be a condo complex. farm or a shopping mall parking lot. By design, these water collection structures are created to collect runoff that we do not want to pour directly into a
lake or river. They are also used to prevent flooding of structures and roads.
But just because these structures are meant to collect wastewater does not mean we cannot design or manage them to be aesthetically pleasing at minimum. and possibly used for recreational par. poses.
If you re planning a new project. Smith Creek Fish Farm can help you design 1he properly sized structure to comply with DECSPEOE, S regular on.
We can also handle compliance on an existing structure. Compliance inspections and maintenance would include the inspection and cleaning of incoming and outgoing pipes and \Yeirs. sediment depth monitoring for estimating volume. budgeting for a full clean-out situation.and steed and algae management.
We also offer suction dredging and geotextile bag containment of the sediment This is often an affordable option compared to complete mechanical dredging.
Fountains can often tu1n a 1etention pond into a focal point of the property rather thana cattail-choked swamp, and stocking fish will help with mosquito control.
Fisheries Management & Pond Stocking
As an aquatic management company. Smith Creek Fish Farm knows that an aerate on the system is one of.
if not the most important. piece of equipment you can invest in for the long term health of your pond or lake.
There are many variables that wi11 determine what type of aeration will give you the best results in your situation and the best value for your money.
If you look at our selection of aeration equipment you may be a bit overwhelmed by your options.but we at Smith Creek Fish Farm can help you choose the proper aeration system for your situation. In the Western New Yori area. we can even do the full
installation of your system.
We also can custom design any size aeration system. Solar and wind-powered aerators are also available.
Fisheries Management & Pond Stocking
Fisher es Management Starts with Stocking your pond or ake. Once you are stocked.us ng proper stocking rates. the actual management begins.
The first step is to establish realistic goals. The goal of one pond owner may have a fun pond for his or her grandkids to swim and fish. Another goal could be to have trophy bass. and still another goal could be to have harvestable fish for the din• notable.
No matter what your goal is. Smith Creek Fish Farm management service 1 will help you reach and exceed it. Some services we! Ovide is Habitat Building, Bathymetric Mapping. Supplemental Forage Stockings. Electrofishing, Species Ratio Management and Deve oping Catch & Release vs. Harvest Plans.
We often tell clients that catch and release is not a comprehensive management plan. In such cases. culling low-quality f1 Show overly large fish will improve the overall health and Quality of the fishery.