Winter is around the corner and many lake residents are thinking about how to protect their docks and boathouses from ice damage. While there are many de-icing choices, a new type uses a compressor that pushes air through a hose with many holes. (Think soaker hose.) This device is attached to the dock or boathouse. The benefit is that the water is opened up just around the structure, not opening up a large area. The impact to the lake is lessened, the lake is safer for winter activities, and it is quiet. One such system is Elite Dock Bubbler. Whatever system you use, below is a bubbler checklist.
- Get a permit from your Town Clerk.
- Post a "Danger: Open Water" sign.
- Wait for permanent ice before activating.
- Use a timer and temperature control.
- Install the bubbler below the water surface but above the lake bottom for best results.
- Be considerate of your neighbors - bubblers are noisy.
- Uncontrolled bubblers create too much open water - a hazard for winter recreationists.
- Too much open water damages the lake.
- Excess sunlight and constant churning disturbs the bottom sediment and invites algae and weed growth.
- Give the lake a rest!
For the LSPA's "Dock De-icers" brochure, click here.