If you are considering purchasing a new water for your club portfolio you need to consider undertaking a water survey. You would not buy a house without carrying out a building survey, or buy a car without knowing it was mechanically sound, so why buy or lease a lake without undertaking a survey of the water chemistry? It doesn’t matter how attractive the lake looks, whether it is the perfect location or if it holds the fish of your dreams, eutrophication is pollution by stealth and can happen anywhere. If nutrients, such as phosphorus have entered the lake, you could be inheriting serious problems sometime in the future.
At the very least, eutrophication means a severe lack of biodiversity and poor water quality. However far more seriously, it could lead to an algal and/or bacterial bloom, subsequent oxygen crash and a potential fish kill. Knowledge of the water chemistry means you are fully informed and in a strong position when it comes to negotiating financial terms with the lake owner. You can factor in remedial work and fishery management costs into your budget and potentially be aware of any problems that could appear down the line. Knowledge of the water chemistry will also give you an idea as to whether an increased level of insurance is needed for the fishery in question. Hence a survey not only makes environmental sense, but financial sense also.