As children, most people are mesmerized by water. There’s something about the way the water moves and the way the water sounds that is so peaceful. Children love everything about playing in water, learning how to swim in water, and drinking it from a sippy cup. Many people live in areas where they are blessed to have a number of lakes around them. Clean and healthy lakes are something that are easy for people to take for granted. However, maintaining a healthy lake is not as easy as most people think. It requires effort. It is easier for people to inadvertently damage a lake as opposed to keeping it healthy.
Aquatic weed management is part of maintaining a healthy lake. Healthy lakes, as well as healthy shorelines around the lakes, produce a number of environmental benefits. Healthy lakes strengthen an economy and add to the overall quality of people’s lives.
When a lake is healthy and it functions properly, things like floods and droughts are easier to manage. This is because a healthy lake is able to store excess water during times of heavy rains. A healthy lake is able to release water during times of drought. What many people don’t realize is that the work a lake does is more than surface deep. Lakes are used in nature to refill groundwater. Lakes have a powerful yet positive influence on the quality of all of the water that runs downstream from the lake. Much of this water ends up as drinking water for the population.
A healthy lake means that the wildlife around the lake is healthy. It means that there is biodiversity. This biodiversity is a key puzzle piece in making sure that the environment in the areas around the lake are healthy.
In addition to the practical things that lakes provide, they are a great place to go and relax. Fishing, canoeing, swimming, and water sports are just a few of the things that having a lake in the area allows people to do. It is very clear to see why keeping lakes healthy is so important to a community.