Geist Lake is an important part of our community, and it is critical to do everything possible to protect it. Recently, there has been some talk of dredging the lake and the benefits this might have on the environment. What do you need to know about dredging, and what can we do to take care of Geist Lake?

An Overview of Dredging

Dredging is a specific activity that removes silt, sediment, and other debris from the bottom of lakes, rivers, ponds, and harbors. In a lot of locations, it is necessary to dredge the bottom regularly because of the sedimentation that takes place. If this activity is not done regularly, debris and contaminants can fill bodies of water. This can also fill the lake with pollution, harming the plants, animals, and people who use it. Dredging can also be used to increase the depth of certain bodies of water, creating more room for those who use it. Dredging will be helpful for Geist Lake in a number of ways.

How Dredging Can Help Geist Lake

There are several ways that dredging can help Geist Lake.

  • Prevent the Growth of Dangerous Algae: One of the first benefits of dredging the lake is that this can prevent algae growth. By dredging the lake, additional depth is achieved which allows less sunlight to reach the floor, helping to reduce algae and weed pressure from taking over the body of water.. Deep water reservoirs do not have the problems that Geist has, and Geist did not have these problems until the compounding effects of years of sedimentation.  Dredging can also prevent periodic algae blooms that would otherwise harm the health of the lake.
  • Prevent Eutrophication: As sedimentation takes place, the nutrient quantity in the lake can become excessive, contributing to eutrophication. This refers to the rapid spread of dense plant growth at the expense of animal life. Dredging the lake can prevent this from happening, making sure that animals have a chance to thrive in the lake as well.
  • Remove Sediment Deposition: Dredging the lake is also important because it can get rid of sediment deposited in the lake. Over time, silt, debris, and sediment build up at the bottom of the lake. This can create numerous problems, particularly as pollutants begin to harm the quality of the water. For example, this can harm boaters and fishers. Dredging can get rid of this sediment and preserve the lake for plants, animals, and people who use it.
  • Maintain or Deepen the Body of Water: As sediment starts to fill up the lake, it can get more shallow. This can be a problem for those who use the lake, and it can also create a crowded living environment for plants for animals. Dredging the lake can remove a lot of the soil, sand, silt, and sediment at the bottom.

These are just a few of the many ways that dredging can be helpful for the lake.

Dredging the Lake Can Be Expensive

Even though dredging can help the health of Geist Lake, it is quite expensive. Any material that is removed from the bottom of the lake has to be moved to a new location, which is possible but costly. The cost of running the equipment required to dredge the lake and also be expensive, particularly given the price of fuel. Furthermore, there isn’t a lot of competition for dredging contracts, so the price of hiring a single professional firm to help can be costly. Typically, dredging is charged by the cubic yard. Because Geist Lake is a large place, it can be expensive to dredge it regularly. Fortunately, there are ways to make this process easier.

Sign the Petition for the Geist Reservoir Conservancy District

It is important for everyone to do everything they can to take care of Geist Lake, as it is an important part of our community. One of the ways to take care of the lake is to dredge it regularly; however, this will be difficult without the creation of the Geist Reservoir Conservancy District. If you are interested in protecting the health of the lake, make sure you sign the petition today! We must come together to protect the local ecosystem for future generations as well as plants and animals!