As a full service fisheries and water quality consulting firm, Aqua Sierra offers state-of-the-art lake mapping services to a wide variety of clientele. Determining the true depths, volumes, and bottom contours of your resource provides crucial data for an array of management decisions. Whether you are trying to improve your fishery, planning a dredging project, gathering volumetric data for storage rights, or just want to understand your lake bottom contours, bathymetric data is a must! Aqua Sierra lake mapping can be utilized for:
- Calculating reliable volumetric data and depth capacity tables
- Dredging planning and budgeting
- Fish habitat inventory and structure installation planning
- Watershed Management
- Sedimentation analysis and tracking
- Properly sizing and placing aeration system equipment
- Creating imagery for public relations or education
- Gathering data for GIS studies and research projects
With bathymetric data Aqua Sierra is able to develop depth capacity tables which provides total volume of the resource as well as volume for varying water levels or depth stages. This information is essential for decision making for a variety of water uses such as irrigation, recreation, water treatment, and boating safety. This information is also crucial for solving issues with water storage rights or plans for augmentation. Knowing how much water your lake holds is only becoming more important as the population of Colorado continues to increase and in-demand water resources are scrutinized for their rights, efficiency, and use.
Dredging Planning and Budgeting
While dredging can be one of the most effective ways to preserve and improve an aquatic resource, it can also be the most expensive and logistically challenging. Calculating sediment amounts through lake mapping is an important first step in any potential dredging project. Calculating total sediment or “muck” volume allows clients to obtain accurate bids from dredging contractors and provides information to be used when planning for relocation of the removed material. Aqua Sierra’s bottom hardness maps provide a clear understanding of where the sediment is most abundant and defines areas on which to focus dredging efforts. Additionally, with bathymetric mapping the new contours of a renovated pond can be accurately designed while staying within allotted water storage rights.
Fish Habitat Inventory and Structure Placement
Bathymetric data is extremely valuable when assessed from a fish habitat perspective. With reliable depth and contour data, fisheries managers are able to enhance the fishery by making informed recommendations on which specific fish species would be appropriate to stock, the risk of seasonal fish kills, and which areas are likely utilized as habitat. Additionally, a bathymetric map allows fisheries managers to make recommendations on the potential for artificial structure installation, including its design and its optimal placement within the basin.
Aeration System Design and Placement
Bottom laid diffused aeration systems are not effective or efficient if they are undersized or not placed in the correct areas of a pond’s basin. Custom designing aeration systems based on our volumetric data and bottom contours allows Aqua Sierra to guarantee a successful water column turnover rate and optimal water treatment. Strategically placing aeration diffusors in the deepest parts of a water body will maximize the systems energy efficiency and biological efficacy. Bathymetric surveying is highly recommended prior to investing in an aeration system to ensure the system will be properly sized for the water body and installed correctly.