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Pondering your Aquatic Habitat

"A good consultant is a better investment than free advice"

Every day we quietly compete with 'free' advice. Your neighbor, a fishing pal, a consultant offering 'free consulting', who just happens to sell chemicals, equipment and labor to maintain your aquatic habitat on a regular basis. Ask a 'free' consultant what you can do to maintain your water without the use of chemicals, herbicides, and a garage full of equipment. The answers might be enlightening.... that is if you get one.

Trust

Our sole product is knowledge. We do not sell chemicals and equipment because we want your complete trust. This would not be as easy to earn if you are wondering why we want to sell you $20,000 worth of equipment, or chemicals at $90 per gallon plus labor to apply. We make up for lost profits from equipment sales, when we gain new business via your satisfaction and referrals.

Creativity

We must provide our clients with solutions that save them much more money and effort than the 'free' answers, while simultaneously providing our clientele with the highest quality habitat and satisfaction from their land. We do this through knowledge, experience, a life defining passion for our work, and a great deal of creativity which comes from (1) a fully integrated understanding of the systems we work with, and (2) getting our hands dirty for over twenty years. In this way, our knowledge goes well beyond what is published. Books are simply a good beginning for education.

The "Best"

Are we the best Biologists for aquatic habitat design and restoration? We don't know if there is one real "best". We do know we often get the call to come in to fix habitat that was designed by people who claim to be "the leader" in this field. We are not sure if this makes us the best, but it is pretty reassuring to our capabilities. Phrases such as "recognized industry leader", "world class" and "gold medal fisheries" don't impress us; the environment and the fish impress us.

Philosophy

Our philosophy is to treat the cause of the illness instead of treating the symptoms. We don't treat the cancer in the patient; we eliminate the cause before cancer develops.

Getting it right

Over the life of your habitat our methods are usually more economical. There may be a few times when chemicals can be cheaper if you don't mind an artificially blue-green pond with significantly smaller fish and correspondingly reduced property value. We believe chemicals and equipment in a pond are signs of poor habitat design. Consider when you pay $90 per gallon for chemicals, and even more for application labor, that, while they do eliminate algae, they do not eliminate the nutrients that cause the algae problem in the first place. You then need to continually apply chemicals, which only put a Band-Aid over a wound that only gets worse. Our first choice is to design healthy aquatic habitats the first time around rather than constantly treating an ailing habitat. We look to the root of all the threats to your habitat. Usually these come from upstream. Do not be surprised if we spend more time outside your lake rather than in it when we develop solutions for you. Your habitat is part of a watershed. The entire watershed needs to be considered to deliver successful results. Maybe that watershed is a thousand acres, or maybe it is a thousand square feet between the pond and the putting green. We have solutions for both.

Above and beyond

We work with the natural environment rather than attempt to fight it. In order to maximize success in ecosystems that humans do not completely understand, our philosophy is to incorporate a strategy called emulation. We identify the 'tools' that the environment needs for its health, then we provide them. This has two benefits:

1) It is usually cheaper to employ these techniques instead of traditional 'control' techniques, and
2) we can actually attain results that go beyond what our current science can explain.

For instance, it can be much more cost effective to simply supply a river with large woody debris for channel health and complexity, than to go to considerable expense to engineer each log structure in the river. Our best science is employed to place each log, but the river is not so simple as we understand. The river may put the logs exactly where it needs them after we go the expense of placing them exactly where WE think they need to be.

Reinvestment - Giving Back

Spring Creek profits from our natural resources, so we want to be sure our natural resources profit from Spring Creek Aquatic Concepts. We accomplish this via several avenues:

  • Our Natural Preserve Program gives priority to projects where the property owner desires to create a private refuge for any stock of sensitive, threatened or endangered fish species. We donate extra effort in the design and development of these habitats to ensure the success of this program. Our goal is to expand this program and continue to be a model for environmental restoration driven by private initiative. We maintain control of the project for the property owner in situations where we involve government organizations. We expect the project owners to benefit as much from this program as the sensitive fish populations they are helping. Often a significant side benefit to these programs appears in the form of property value appreciation.

  • Wherever possible we utilize local native stocks of fish in our projects. We also insist on native vegetation. Again, clients usually experience higher property values resulting from natural projects featuring native species. For instance native brook trout projects in New England tend to become more valuable than ponds and lakes with non-native rainbow trout.

  • Because our waters are very stable spring-fed type environments, rare flowering plants, that require these special environments, thrive in our lakes and streams. We are expanding the range of these sensitive wetland flowering plants by doing our work. This translates to larger populations of rare plants and increased beauty and value of our waters.

  • Because these spring-fed habitats are so rare, we are continuously adding more and more of one of the rarest types of wetlands to the wetland base that is dwindling in most areas.

  • We actively encourage native vegetation while providing education materials for invasive species. See our Invasive Species page for more information. We encourage people to link to the Invasive Species page to help spread the message that "native is better".

  • Our designs use the least amount of water to develop the greatest amount of habitat. While this saves money for our clientele, it also contributes to society by increasing quality habitat area on a relatively static water resource. We also continuously seek opportunities to gain multiple beneficial uses from each water source.

  • Our website promotes a natural approach to management of highly aesthetic aquatic habitats without using environmentally threatening pesticides and herbicides. If a constructed habitat is well designed, there is no need to utilize chemicals such as copper that eventually seep into the ground water to threaten our water supplies.

  • We provide environmental education at our Lessons from pond habitat Biologists page.

  • We are involved in local and regional watershed groups, boards and advisory committees. Our contributions have ranged from small local land improvements to research into nationwide salmon restoration techniques. While contributing is good for business, we would choose to contribute regardless. Passion goes well beyond monetary returns.

We firmly believe in sustainable development. Water is a limiting resource in our society; it needs to be used responsibly with maximum benefit to our society and environment. Reuse of resources such as waste water to simultaneously create quality aquatic habitat, clean the waste water, create aesthetic landscape features and irrigate without fertilizing, is an example of creating more from less, while conserving resources. Ideas like these cause people to see more potential in water features at places like resorts or commercial complexes. They can do much more than provide aesthetics. They also contribute to profits since many people enjoy natural environments.

You can help us improve our environment! One very simple and free way to help us help the environment is to put a link to Spring Creek on your websites, or suggest us to other websites. This helps us spread the word to expand our win-win philosophies for the environment. We have prepared several link codes to select from if you wish to help us. After you link to us, send us an email so we can thank you.

A second way to help us spread our message is to simply bookmark our website on your favorite online bookmark sites here:
These sites are a great way to share quality websites with a great deal of the online world.

Another no cost method to help the environment is to suggest the natural design concept to people who are considering construction of a water feature or aquatic habitat. We do not have to design every habitat or water feature, but we want to see more of them designed for maximum benefit to the environment and to the owners.

Spring Creek is very difficult to find on the usual environmental organizations pages since they shy away from listing businesses. We need extra help to get our message out because of this challenge. We strive to be the model of mutual benefit for the environment and enterprise.

We look forward to discussing the possibilities of bringing your water to life!

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