Will aeration improve our waterway?

Aeration is a good technique for stagnant ponds and small lakes which are oxygen poor and have an extreme eutrophication problem because of excess nutrients. These oxygen levels can get low enough to kill fish. Aeration improves the oxygen content so that fish can live. It also prevents the decaying vegetation from forming a dead zone underwater. We do not have a dead zone in our waterway. We have an abundance of catfish in our waters which are bottom feeders that could not survive in a dead zone. Furthermore, as is explained in our Lake Management Plan the “residence time” of our water in our impoundment is eleven days therefore we have a very good flow-through with little stagnation. At this time we do not see the value of aeration in our system.