Our scientists focus on managing water resources to protect beneficial uses. This can involve dealing with toxic algae, excessive aquatic weed problems, general water quality and phosphorus pollution. Lakes and reservoirs are complex biological systems however. Focusing or fixing one condition can lead to others. The Adaptive Management Process when utilized provides the best chance for improvement and meeting these objectives, and handling lake management issues promptly.
The diagram here outlines the process of adaptive management.
The first step is to receive stakeholder input to define project goals and desired outcomes. With goals clearly defined we can rapidly move to collect the data necessary to inform decisions. A combination of lake mapping, field data collection and laboratory work will give us the information necessary to move to the next step.
How Aquatechnex Excells in Lake Management
The second step is to develop a prescription. A combination of tools and strategies can be used to address the problem facing lake management within the community. This prescription is communicated to the stakeholders and with approval moves to the next phase.
The third step is the implementation of the program. This normally involves extensive work on the water or watershed. Our biologists are equipped to move to the field and implement restorative technologies to meet the prescription.
Adaptive management doesn’t end there. Ongoing monitoring tracks the results of each prescriptive practice and measures results. This documentation is communicated back to the stakeholder community with recommendations for next steps if necessary.
This process ensures the community’s goals and objectives are met both now and in the future.