Q: What happens to the waste / vegetation / debris?
A: We will put the spoils from the job at a pre-approved location to be removed or used by the customer.
Q: Can the waste material be used / left on the hiring landowners property for fertilizer or fill?
A: Aquatic vegetation has been used as fertilizer and mulch throughout history. With a little common sense this by-product of cleaning the lake can be turned into a resource.
Q: Will Sterling Aquatic remove the spoils from the work site?
A: Yes, we can. We have several different strategies to remove the spoils which will depend on the location and access. The removal of spoils can be added into the cost of the job.
Q: Where will the spoils go?
A: Sterling Aquatic strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible. If the spoils are to be removed from the site we will strive to make arrangements to have them brought to organic farms or sites that will compost them and reuse them.
Q: How is a job estimated?
A: Because each location differs greatly from the other we generally start as an hourly service. After a period of time we will be able to give a much more precise answer. As a rule of thumb, we are able to remove vegetation at a rate of up to 1200 pounds a minute.
Q: What permits are required?
A: The answer is "it depends". It depends on what work we are doing, what water body we are working on, if there are endangered species present and many other factors.
Q: Is the owner responsible for permit fees and how much are they?
A: Sterling Aquatic will research, apply and obtain all permits required to complete the work. The permitting cost is rolled into the cost of operation.
Q: Do you have to have permission/clearance from adjacent land owners?
A: The answer is "it depends". It depends on what work we are doing, the water body we are working on, who owns the bottom land and a number of other factors. We work under the philosophy that if we do not have permission we do not work in that area. We want people to be happy with the service we provide and the benefits it brings to the area where we work.
Q: Does removal of aquatic vegetation help the ecology of a water body?
A: Yes! Compared to aquatic herbicides there is a distinct advantage to mechanical harvesting. First, we remove the vegetation from the water. When herbicides are used the vegetation dies and decomposes in the water removing oxygen, adding nitrogen and creating more sediment. Not to mention when chemicals are added to the water they are difficult to keep localized and may persist for a long period of time, restricting the use of the water. The CT DEEP has recommended 20 to 40% of vegetation to be left to promote a healthy ecosystem. Sterling Aquatic makes every effort to comply with this suggestion in order to promote the healthiest ecosystem in the areas we work.
Q: Once weeds are removed, do they normally group back over time?
A: Yes and no. The growth rate varies from area to area, and even season to season due to depth, sunlight saturation, water temperature, type of vegetation etc. Depending on conditions, we attempt to remove the whole plant including the roots first. There are some species that make this task easier than others. After removal of the entire plant has taken place, we will cut off and remove the remaining vegetation.
We are happy to work anywhere, but live on the Rhode Island border in Connecticut and may charge fees to move our equipment long distances. If your job is in western Connecticut or New York, you may want to call our friend Jim @ 518-441-7742, or visit his website at http://wedowaterweeds.com/