Odor Mitigation (Epilimnetic)

Small Ponds Can Make Big Odors

duck in cyanobacteria pondSmall lakes and ponds can be more prone to emit a variety of noxious odors due to their usually shallow nature and limited natural circulation. Except when source water is high in organic matter (e.g., wastewater effluents and/or stormwater drainage), most odors are associated with blue-green algae blooms generated within the pond. When blue-green algae die they either remain on the lake’s surface and along shores, or sink to the lake bottom. Those remaining on the surface create a foamy scum that produces truly eye-watering noxious odors. This surface scum should not be confused with filamentous algae that can form thick mats, particularly in small ponds, but do not create extraordinary odors.

Using SolarBee® / GridBee® circulation can keep blue-green algae from reaching bloom potential which in turn reduces associated epilimnetic odor.

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