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THE GOAL OF NATURE LAKES IS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE IN THE CITY BY MAINTAINING MAN-MADE WATER FEATURES WITHOUT THE USE OF ANY CHEMICALS.
Nature Lakes (Contractor's License #791561) was founded in 1993 by David Cowling, an Environmental Management Specialist. David's background includes over 30 years of maintaining pumps and associated mechanical systems as well as, extensive hands-on experience maintaining natural aquatic eco-systems.
Chemicals (copper sulfate and chlorine) are liberally used by most lake maintenance companies to kill algae at a great cost to the environment. They are dumped into water features in an on-going, futile attempt to kill algae; but in fact, they create even more pollution. Recent studies by the EPA show chlorine is an acutely toxic chemical which can lead to the formation of toxins, like chloroform and furans, as well as dioxins. Dioxin exposure is linked to cancer.
The creation of chlorine damages thousands of acres of coastal marsh used in evaporating salt, which is a major component. As well, many toxic by-products are created during the manufacturing process.
Copper is a heavy metal which accumulates in the sediment and remains forever toxic. Draining and cleaning water features with very low levels of copper in the water or the soil requires a very costly permitting process through the regional water quality control board. In some instances, the copper levels are high enough so that no discharge is permitted.
The mining of copper has created America's largest Superfund clean-up site located at Copper Mountain in Northern California. Many other open pit mines in America are irreversibly damaging the environment while bringing copper sulfate to your door.
While the chemicals kill the algae, the nutrients are never removed from this system. The algae decomposes and releases stored nutrients back into the water column. As soon as conditions are suitable for growth (i.e., the concentration of chemicals is low), the algae returns with a slight resistance to the chemicals which killed it initially. Over time, this resistance will necessitate applying larger amounts of chemicals to obtain the same results.
Algae is an aquatic plant that needs nutrients to survive. Instead of using chemicals, we apply a method termed "habitat modification" wherein a variety of higher aquatic plants, micro-organisms and animal species are manipulated in such a way as to consume the very nutrients needed by the algae to live. With its food source gone, algae starves. The result is crystal clear water, naturally!