Lake Agawam

Lake Agawam Conservancy; New York

OBJECTIVES

Roux has been working with the Lake Agawam Conservancy to improve the water quality within Lake Agawam, which is located in Southampton, New York. Lake Agawam experiences frequent blue-green algal blooms due to excessive nitrogen loading into the lake. Roux has provided management of water lily removal in the lake to improve water circulation and the installation of 42 aerators along the west shore of Lake Agawam. Aeration circulates the water and adds dissolved oxygen. These aerators operate from the bottom up, introducing oxygen where the lake needs it most, and bubbling the air up through the entire water column to the surface. Constant lake aeration improves water quality by promoting biodegradation of lake sediments and reducing algae growth and odors while enhancing fish habitat. The circulating water also reduces the amount of plant material present that will ultimately die and decompose. Decaying plants use oxygen and add nutrients in the form of nitrogen and phosphorus to a waterbody. These excess nutrients allow more algae and plant growth, which is why adding oxygen and water circulation are so important for maintaining a healthy waterbody. Learn more by watching the video below.



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PROJECT DETAILS
Location

Southampton, New York

Client

Lake Agawam Conservancy

Services

Nuisance Vegetation Mapping

Nuisance Vegetation Management & Monitoring

Water Quality Improvement Planning and Implementation

Year

2019-Present