Pristine Waters provides the premiere offering of suction harvesting services in New York, Connecticut, and the greater New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. While there are other companies offer suction harvesting or hand harvesting services, we are confident we are the best choice for any project.
Pristine Waters utilizes and has optimized a semi-mechanical approach. In traditional hand harvesting applications, divers hand pull plants out of the bottom of a body of water and place them in bags to be carried by the diver. This is slow and inefficient in most cases. Our system also involves divers and hand harvesting. However, in addition to removing the plant by sight, we feed the vegetation into a suction hose to convey it to a bagging station on the surface. Additionally, we also “vacuum” the pond or lake bottom where we removed the plant. This helps to ensure that not only do we capture the bulk of the plant, but also any buried root structure and plant fragments.
Invasive plants are a nuisance and they grow like wildfire if left unchecked. There are several commercially available methods for controlling aquatic weed growth. Often, homeowners, lake associations, and municipalities treat their water bodies with chemicals. Unfortunately, while these chemicals kill the targeted plants, they also kill good plants. Even worse, where does all of this dead organic matter go? That’s right! The bottom of the pond or lake. Over time, these dead weeds help to contribute to nutrient loading problems that can lead to worse issues. If you want to call us back for a full scale suction dredging project in about ten years, this option is for you. We understand that while trying to eliminate chemicals completely is the goal, in most situations it is somewhat impractical.
Other alternatives include mechanical harvesting and hand harvesting. Mechanical harvesting often leaves plant fragments behind, which of course, can and often do become the next round of plants. Hand harvesting is a good option, but it is expensive and slow. Unfortunately, if the diver does not take the entire root structure, it is possible or even likely that the removed plant will grow back…or even worse, multiple plants will grow back in the original plant’s place. Additionally, how will the diver transport the harvested plant to the surface and ultimately the shore?
Our equipment is the most efficient in the industry
Our methods are unique and very eco-friendly
We have the ability to scale our equipment quickly in order to tackle big jobs
We work with the scientific community on a regular basis, and thus understand the wants and needs of lake managers
We have the right piece of equipment for every scenario. We have 24′ pontoon boats as well 12′ portable machines configured as suction harvesters. All have best-in-class pumps, commercial grade surface air supplies, a variety of bagging systems which offer different advantages for unloading, as well as specific bag types to better contain different plant varieties. Essentially, we are better equipped to handle your project, no matter how big or small.