Biological Dredging

What is biological dredging?

Traditionally, ponds have been mechanically dredged. This process can be very costly, destructive to the pond, and a hassle to pond owners.

Pond Champs offers a biological pond dredging program called Excavate. Excavate uses high doses of beneficial microbes to remove organic material from the pond floor. We utilize a unique mix of bacteria and techniques that will ensure a program that will reduce muck & sludge from the bottom of a pond or lake. Each treatment is guaranteed to reduce muck at an average of 6 inches per application. Up to two treatments per year are available in colder, northern climates and up to four treatments per year are available in warmer, southern climates.

Benefits of biological dredging compared to other options:

  1. Less Invasive

    Due to the absence of heavy equipment and large containment bags, there are no damages to the surrounding turf or landscape. There are no large, noisy trucks or backhoes rolling across the yard. The peaceful integrity of your property is maintained.

  2. Lake Frontage or Channel Can Still Be Utilized

    The bacterial dredging process remains uninterrupted by fishing, boating, or swimming activities. You can fully utilize your channel or lake frontage while this operation is occurring.

  3. Irrigation Systems Can Continue Uninterrupted

    Irrigation from the lake can continue, since no disruption to water flow will occur during the bacterial dredging operation.

  4. Less Repair Costs

    There will be no damage done to the turf or landscape, so there will be no repair costs incurred.

  5. Less Expensive

    Biological dredging is much less expensive due to the lower equipment overhead, less labor expenses, and lower fuel expenses.

  6. Environmentally Friendly

    The integrity of the lake environment is kept intact. The fish, turtle, and frog populations need not be reduced or eliminated during biological dredging. Likewise, the lack of heavy equipment keeps the surrounding turf and landscape unscathed and aesthetically pleasing.

How does Excavate work?

The process of our Excavate Biological Dredging is very straight forward and convenient. First, the muck is measured and the pond mapped and gridded. Second, the product is distributed into the muck. Third, after 30 to 45 days, the muck levels are re-measured. Fourth, the biological applicator evaluates whether additional treatments are necessary. There are no heavy equipment issues nor are fish or turf harmed in any way during this operation. Furthermore, no permits are needed, since no sediment is actually transported from the site to a donor.

“How do I know if biological dredging is right for me/my company?”

Good candidates for Pond Champs’ Excavate program include any lakefront property owners/HOA that has considered mechanical or suction dredging. Specialists at Pond Champs can evaluate such lakes, channels, or individual frontages and determine if biological dredging is right for you!