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Muck Reduction Study With MuckAway

Muck Reduction Study With MuckAway

Does MuckAway really work to reduce muck in ponds and lakes? The proof is in the science.

The Pond:

A Rochester Hills, Michigan, Homeowners Association (HOA) became frustrated with the condition of their two neighborhood retention ponds and sought a solution from Airmax.

The two ponds had a long history of organic growth and heavy pond muck. Both ponds measured 0.75 surface acres by 10 feet deep and were eutrophic, stagnant environments used primarily for stormwater retention.

The Plan:

MuckAway pellets were applied by a boat-mounted granular spreader to one pond eight times during a 16-week period, following the labeled directions. The other pond, with equivalent environmental and weather influences, remained untreated and was used as a control.

Average muck depths were recorded monthly using a Sludge Judge® and systematic sampling within a 16-area frame. Samples were submitted to an independent laboratory for analysis.

The Results:

At the end of 16 weeks, the treated pond showed greater than a 28% reduction in sediment (muck) depth. The control pond accumulated an additional 8% sediment depth during the study period.

Independent laboratory testing measured particle size and organic content of the sediment in both the treated and the control pond. With MuckAway treatment, organic content dropped nearly 21% by mass, and the average particle size of the remaining organics was reduced by about 56%.

At the end of the field study, the treated pond showed significant improvement. The HOA decided to move forward with full bacterial augmentation on both ponds, understanding that it takes time to address years of organic accumulation.

Full Study:

Visit the official Airmax site to read the entire study and view the data.

About MuckAway:

Airmax MuckAway tablets are concentrated pellets of biologically optimized beneficial bacteria that digest organic debris on pond bottoms. These helpful microorganisms prevent and remove sludge and muck, leaving you with a clean and clear pond.

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Are you ready to make muck a memory? Contact us online or by phone at 866-766-3435 for expert muck control, removal, and prevention advice.

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