LAKE MANAGEMENT

A lakes health is a reflection of its water source, vegetation, depths and surrounding land.

Our ponds and lakes provide us with great wildlife, amazing scenery, and recreational entertainment for all ages. Whether you are taking a swim, fishing on the banks, canoeing or boating, etc on your lake, you want the water and the surrounding areas to be managed and groomed properly to ensure a safe and fun time. With the increased severe storms, more man made structures reducing permeable land and increasing stormwater runoff, has created more silt and debris to collect in the lakes reducing the health of the lakes ecosystem. Lake owners have been challenged with cloudy water, reduced water depths, increased erosion in which increases the amount of weeds and unwanted underwater vegetation.

 

 

Pond and Lake Management has become an important part of the health of our ecosystems with the poor health our Virginia rivers and Chesapeake Bay has been over the last couple of decades. With the help of non-profit associations, our concerned residents along with federal and state regulations, we are starting to revive the health of theses bodies of water. Harbor Dredge and Dock provides a list of following services to help ensure a long and healthy lake for years to come.

  • DESIGN / BUILD SERVICES 

  • PERMITTING  

  • PILE DRIVING

  • RIP RAP

  • ELEVATED WALKWAYS  

  • BANK STABILIZATION

  • PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES 

  • COFFERDAMS

  • KAYAK LAUNCHES

  • BULKHEADS

  • BOAT RAMPS

  • DAM REPAIR

  • BOAT LIFTS

  • PIERS/FLOATING DOCKS

  • MECHANICAL DREDGING

  • MARINAS

  • BOAT HOUSES

  • STREAM RESTORATION 

  • SHORELINE RESTORATION

  • SALVAGE WORK

 

 

 

Our teams of dedicated foreman, carpenters, operators and skilled workers take pride in creating structures that can and can not be seen. In the picture below, you will see a structure called a weir. A weir is defined as "a low dam built across a river, pond or lake to raise the level of water upstream or regulate its flow" by Webster. This weir will be underwater for most of it's life but helps the health of the lake that we have installed this three part weir system into. This underwater weir was constructed at the inlet of the creek to contain the silt in one area to make it easier for the silt to be removed in the future. Sediment inside the water creates high nitrogen and phosphorus loads, cloudy water and increases for unwanted sub-aquatic vegetation. 

 

All but two lakes are natural in the state of Virginia and the rest of them were created by installing a an earthen or concrete dam or a mixture of both. Majority of lake owners in Virginia don't have the training to maintain a lake throughout it's life and just let nature run it's course. As we have learned over the years, letting nature run it's course will eventually turn a lake or pond into a wetland. Maintaining the proper depths, shoreline and sub-aquatic vegetation, and the upstream conditions, will help ensure a healthy and enjoyable lake for years to come. We are always open to conversations regarding the current health of your lake and what we can do to maximize the use of your facilities. 

 

HDD Lake Management Projects

 

LAKE PELHAM

Lake Recreation Structures

The Town of Culpeper and Harbor Dredge and Dock created four water features on Lake Pelham reservoir. We poured a boat ramp for the town residents to launch their vessels into the reservoir and retrieve them with the help of the second structure which is a courtesy pier located next to the boat ramp. The third structure is an ADA compliant Kayak launch for residents to use different recreational crafts on the water. The fourth structure is a platform over the water with a 30' gazebo at the end for people to enjoy the water under a nicely shaded gazebo. 

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N. Chesterfield, VA 23235

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