Lake Management

making decisions with data

Managing lakes and reservoirs

Lakes and reservoirs must be carefully managed to sustain to their long-term health and viability.  MBC Aquatic Sciences (MBC) has nearly 50-years of experience helping water districts, private landowners, municipalities, fishing/hunting clubs, golf courses, and homeowner’s associations manage their lakes, ponds and reservoirs.  MBC takes care of tedious regulatory compliance paperwork, and provides scientifically-sound data that takes the guesswork out of lake management.  MBC’s lake management team includes experts on regulatory compliance, aquatic biology, limnology, water quality, dredging, aquatic weed control, harmful algae blooms (HABS), and invasive species.  MBC works directly with the lake stakeholders and uses science-based data to assess lake conditions and provide recommendations that are best for the lake and the Client.

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What We Do Best:

Our Expertise

  • Harmful algal blooms (HABS) monitoring and lake closure protocol,
  • Preparation of aquatic pesticide application permits,
  • Submittal of regulatory documents,
  • Midge fly eradication studies,
  • Fish stocking and recreational fishing,
  • Hydrographic surveys for determining lake capacity,
  • Water quality monitoring,
  • Sediment and pollutant studies,
  • Dredging evaluations and permitting,
  • Invasive species investigations,
  • Shoreline investigations,
  • Wetland studies, and
  • Scientific diving investigations.

Lake Management


Canyon Lake HABs Monitoring Protocol

In June 2019, MBC delivered a final report outlining recommendations for cost-effective monitoring of HABs in Canyon Lake to the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District. The proposed monitoring program focused on assessing potential health risks associated with swimming at five beaches, as well as the risks associated with kayaking, waterskiing and other recreational activities in open water areas throughout Canyon Lake.

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Irvine Lake Survey

MBC was hired by Psomas to perform a Class 1 hydrographic survey of Irvine Lake to provide an updated bathymetric map.

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Silver Lake Multi-Beam Bathymetry Survey

MBC conducted a week-long bathymetry survey of Silver Lake. The detailed hydrographic survey using a multi-beam sonar provided 100% coverage of the lake bottom.

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Lake Management


Calif. Dept. of Boating & Waterways

City of Berkeley

City of Escondido

City of Oakland

City of San Diego

City of San Francisco

City of Santa Cruz

Contra Costa Water District

El Dorado Irrigation District

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District

LA City Sanitation Bureau

LA Dept. of Water & Power

Merrick & Company

Metropolitan Water District of Southern Calif.

Pacific Gas & Electric

Rancho California Water District

Sacramento Municipal Water District

San Diego Water District

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

San Jose Water Company

Santa Clara Valley Water District

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Bureau of LandManagement

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation