North American Lake Management Society

WhatPond Helps Promote the 22nd Annual Secchi Dip-in with Donation

Madison, WI – May 2015 – WhatPond, a leading provider of pond information and tools, is giving back with a donation of ten Compact Secchi Disks to the Secchi Dip-in. The Dip-in is a program of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) that gathers water quality data from lakes and rivers through the US and Canada. The Dip-in runs annually during Lakes Appreciation Month every July.

Dip-in volunteers use Secchi disks to collect water quality data and enter that data into the Secchi Dip-in database. WhatPond’s Compact Secchi Disks feature a unique foldable design. This feature will make it easy for NALMS to ship to volunteers who don’t have a disk of their own.

“One of our goals at WhatPond is to provide information to help manage your water body,” says founder Darrell Rhoades. “Secchi disks are great tools for monitoring water quality and it fits well with WhatPond’s mission to support the Secchi Dip-in.”

“This gift helps NALMS aid those who want to take part in the Dip-in but don’t have the means to contribute,” says Reed Green, NALMS President. “The more people we have involved, the more data we’ll have to help us understand what is going on within our lakes and ponds.”

About the WhatPond

WhatPond offers information, products, and tools to help build and manage ponds without the use of chemicals. The WhatPond website offers a free membership where pond owners can take advantage of e-books and videos related to pond building and management. Learn more at

About the Secchi Dip-In

Dr. Robert Carlson started the Dip-In in 1994 and it has continued each year since. The Dip-In database includes over 41,000 records on more than 7,000 separate water bodies. In April 2015 Dr. Carlson agreed to transfer the Dip-in to the care of NALMS. Learn more at

About the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS)

NALMS is a non-profit member society aimed at lake and reservoir management. NALMS hosts a conference each year and publishes a magazine and a journal for its members. NALMS also certifies lake managers and professionals. NALMS programs include Lakes Appreciation Month, the Inland Harmful Algal Bloom program, Student Mentorship, and the Secchi Dip-in. Learn more at

Greg Arenz
PO Box 5443, Madison, WI 53705
608.233.2836 or [email protected]

About the Author: Darrell Rhoades is the founder of A one man business, works full time in tool & die. It all started when he built his own pond for the family. Ran into pond issues and started the research with pond suppliers and conferences for pond management. He writes about pond building and pond management and sells pond management supplies, aeration & fountains and Practical hands on experiences at . No physical store, but has items in stock.