Aquatic Restoration Service
Dedicated to Restoring Water for the Future

Aquatic Restoration FAQs
  1. What do you mean when you say eco-friendly, low impact?

    Traditional dredging is a scooping process that requires heavy equipment.  The heavy equipment frequently can damage liners and much of the surrounding environment requiring extensive restoration.  The Aqua Vac is light & requires very little disturbance of the environment surrounding the pond.

    Golf Course Pond

  2. What types of ponds can you clean?

    While Aquatic Restoration Service focuses on storm water retention ponds, waste water treatment ponds and golf Course ponds we can operate in almost any body of water depending on your desired outcome.

  3. How can you launch your equipment into a pond that is set below the surrounding terrain?

    Our Aqua Vac is relatively light and can be set in place using a small crane.

  4. How would we know that your equipment has removed all of the material as contracted?

    Our Aqua Vac is equipped with GPS and as part of the final report you will receive a confirmation document that shows the equipment covered the whole pond.

  5. You talk about how your Aqua Vac will not damage our liners, please explain.

    Our Aqua Vac is equipped with adjustable guide wheels that control the depth of the suction head.

  6. How far can you pump between the pond and the dewatering site?

    With inline pumps we can actually pump miles.

  7. Can Aquatic Restoration Service help with our lake vegetation problem (milfoil, etc)?

    Our Aqua Vac will do an even better job of removing aquatic vegetation as we suck it out by the roots instead of cutting it off as a traditional harvester would or just piling up dead organic matter on the bottom as chemicals would.

  8. What type of permitting is required and can you help us with obtaining it?

    Each job has different requirements for permitting and they can be time consuming, expensive and difficult to obtain.  Aquatic Restoration Services has the expertise and can be contracted to help you define and obtain the needed permitting if required.

    De-Watering Bag in Use

  9. What are our options for dewatering?

    There are multiple options but we typically use dewatering bags that allow for the pumped materials to dewater over time.  Once the material inside is dry the material can be transferred to a final disposal site depending on its classification.

  10. What new things are coming from Aquatic Restoration Service?

    We are currently working with suppliers to develop a sonar process for mapping your ponds.  This will allow us to provide a before and after view that can be added to reports.  We are also working on partnering with a supplier to provide the option of mechanical dewatering through the use of a press system.

  11. You say that you can be completed with the project much faster than traditional dredging, how is that done?

    The footprint of the Aquatic Restoration Service equipment significantly reduces the amount of damage to the surrounding environment so that any returns to the site for mediation are small and quick compared to dredging which is most often started while the pond is frozen and then mediation is done months later in the spring / summer.

  12. I see advertisements and web pages talk about chemical solutions.

    Aquatic Restoration Service is a chemical free option for cleaning ponds.

  13. Will Aquatic Restoration Service discuss projects options with me prior to the bid cycle?

    Feel free to contact us at you convenience to discuss your projects at any time!
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30579 County Rd 19, Ashby MN 56309