Using a GPS Lake Map to Create Management Plan

Jim Darlington, President of Leisure Ponds, mapped a  small pond in the St. Louis area for a residential Home Owners Association.  The pond surveyed was approximately 0.8 acres and had shown warning signs of significant sedimentation.  GPS Lake mapping was conducted on site to reveal the true lake depths of the ponds.  In addition to the bathymetric survey, sedimentation depths were collected and a model of sedimentation levels was created to estimate the volume of sludge in the lake.  During the mapping process, the HOA found out that the middle of the lake had roughly 6 to 7 feet of sedimentation accumulation.  This information provided the baseline depth profile needed for long-term sedimentation monitoring and dredging plans.

The mapping techniques utilized in this project allowed Leisure Ponds to accurately isolate areas of high sedimentation for removal and help lake managers budget accordingly.  The association was able to properly communicate their goals with a dredging company and the sediment was removed according to plan.

Upon completion of the pond dredging, Leisure Ponds charted the bottom of the lake to observe the improvements.  Not only was the HOA able to verify the work had been completed properly, they now have a basemap to monitor sediment accumulation over time.  GPS bathymetric mapping is a powerful tool for assisting in management decisions.

The pond was mapped before and after dredging. The owner verified the contractor removed the correct amount of material and the desired depth was acheived.

Leisure Ponds specializes in improving the functional and aesthetic value of urban problem ponds.  For more information on Lake Mapping and Management in the St. Louis area please contact:

Jim Darlington

636-346-6228

www.leisureponds.com

Leisure Ponds

The Mapping Network maps lakes throughout the entire year all across the nation.  An accurate lake map provides the information needed to make the most of your aquatic resource.   The Mapping Network provides the highest quality and is the most affordable bathymetric mapping system on the market today.  If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your lake mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.

Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

contact:  Steve Bartosh

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

About The Mapping Network:

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

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