The 6 Values of Water Quality Modeling

Are you experiencing issues caused by low water quality in your waterbody? They cannot be solved by water quality modeling, but the solutions will become evident or supportable because of modeling.

There are many reasons why water quality models are applied in lake management, but, in general, they can be broken down into six categories of value to answer management questions:

  1. water quality modelingAnalyze historical data for trends in water quality and determine causative factors.
    Example: how has an invasive species impacted water quality? What was the water quality before the land use was developed?
  2. Predict future trends resulting from planned or possible influences
    Example: how will changing water levels, residential development, global climate change affect water quality?
  3. Evaluate the effects of different management practices on lake water quality
    Example: how will source controls, pollutant trapping devices, oxygenation, mixing impact water quality?
  4. Predict the occurrence of adverse conditions and evaluate actions to avoid them
    Example: cyanobacteria blooms, taste and odor, excessive suspended solids and sedimentation, elevated color, toxicity?
  5. Identify critical portions of a watershed
    Example: where is pollutant “hot spots” or areas that contribute to disproportionate levels compared to the watershed averages? Where are areas that need to be protected?
  6. Support cost-benefit analysis of treatment options
    Example: what restoration strategy will provide the most benefit to the resource at the lowest cost? Balancing high impact watershed restoration vs. what is feasible.

Download Our Consulting Services Educational One-Sheet to Learn More:

consulting services educational one sheet

Contact us today to develop a water quality model specific to your needs.


Vertex Aquatic Solutions, founded in 1977, is the professionals’ choice for research based scientific consulting services, aeration systems, floating fountains, bubble curtains and biological products to enhance water quality in lakes, ponds, canals, marinas and reservoirs. As respected leaders in the lake management industry the Vertex team of aquatic biologists, limnologists, fisheries scientists and engineers work together to deliver science-based, environmentally sound solutions to complex waterbody issues. Our products and services are delivered through an international network of qualified, experienced waterbody professionals who provide local support, service and pond management expertise to customers.

← Back to Blog