Wisconsin Lake & Pond Resource LLC (WLPR) and AquaMaster Fountains and Aerators were recently given the challenge to conquer a new technical standard imposed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The project was to install an aerator and provide maintenance and water quality management to a wet detention pond, located in the town of Menasha, Wisconsin.
According to the Aerators and Fountain guidelines listed as Section V.B.2.k of DNR Technical Standard (1001), water must flow horizontally into an intake to minimize the creation of a circulatory pattern from top to bottom within the pond. It also requires aeration equipment to shut off during a rain event that would result in water discharging from the pond. The equipment must remain off as the pond depth returns to the permanent pool elevation.
This project proved challenging when WLPR presented it to three different fountain and aerator manufacturers with the specifications needed. AquaMaster Fountains and Aerators was the only manufacturer of the three that was able to follow all required conditions and provide the unit in a cost-effective, timely manner.
AquaMaster designed and built the two custom units for Wisconsin Lake & Pond Resource LLC with the following required standards:
A moisture sensing probe to detect rising water during a rain event. In addition, it detects falling water after the rain event stops.
A digital self-resettable timer to keep the equipment off for the set time period after the pond returns to normal to allow adequate settling time for suspended particles.
* A plate mounted below the intake to assure water is drawn primarily from a horizontal plane.
“These are the first units that I am aware of, that have been approved for usage in Wisconsin,” stated Senior Aquatic Manager/President of Wisconsin Lake & Pond Resource LLC, Cory Zickert. “With the help of Dave Wasmer and Jason Gangaway of AquaMaster, together we were able to complete the project according to DNR Standards.”
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