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10 Ways to Help Reduce Mosquitoes and the Threat of Disease in Your Community

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 25, 2017

Mosquitoes are a royal pain that nobody wants to deal with. And in addition to being an annoyance, mosquitoes pose a serious threat to public health, as they transmit dangerous diseases like Zika and West Nile virus. Here are 10 ways to help reduce mosquitoes in and around your lake or pond, and throughout your community:

1. Remove cattails and other non-beneficial shoreline vegetation, which can provide breeding habitat for mosquitoes.

2. Maintain a buffer of beneficial vegetation, such as Pickerelweed and Cardinal Flower, to help provide habitat for mosquito predators like dragonflies.

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Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control

SOLitude Lake Management Named World’s Second Largest Distributor of AquaMaster Fountains

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 20, 2017

SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, is pleased to announce that the company was ranked as the second largest distributer of AquaMaster Fountains and Aerators in the world. Prior to the recent achievement, SOLitude was consistently named as one of AquaMaster’s top three distributors for several years. Many of SOLitude’s team members were also recently recognized for capturing aesthetic excellence in the field through AquaMaster’s annual calendar contest.

SOLitude continually strives to promote beautiful and balanced aquatic ecosystems. As a full-service provider of lake and pond management solutions, the company offers installation, service and repair of all of the high-quality fountains and aerators that it sells. SOLitude partners with AquaMaster, the industry leader in floating lake and pond fountain design and manufacturing, to develop customized aeration solutions for clients throughout the country. Additionally, SOLitude and AquaMaster work together to ensure that the SOLitude team receives regular certifications and training on the latest technology advancements in lake and pond aeration.

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Topics: SOLitude News, Aeration

Non-native Invasive Species Highlight: Purple Loosestrife

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 18, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Jason Luce, Lake Management Scientist, Fisheries & Wildlife Scientist and Certified Lake Manager

You have just purchased beautiful purple flowers for your outdoor garden. The flowers compliment the nearby bushes and ornamental pond nicely, but what if I were to tell you that those newly planted flowers have the potential to naturally spread and negatively alter a nearby wetland; shifting the ecosystem from a diverse and beautiful habitat to a uniform, impenetrable purple landscape. Would you still plant them?

Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is an invasive herbaceous perennial and has caused the above scenario to become all too familiar across the US. Although the perennial is now widely considered to be invasive and should not be sold, the damage has been done. Therefore, management of purple loosestrife tends to be more heavily focused on control as opposed to prevention.

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Topics: Invasive Species

How Often Should Water Quality be Tested?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 13, 2017

Written by Industry Expert, Brea Arvidson, Aquatic Biologist

water-quality-aquatics-in-brief-e.jpgHealthy water quality is extremely important for all lakes and ponds, and proactive testing and monitoring is vital when it comes to helping prevent water quality problems in recreational lakes, stormwater ponds and drinking water reservoirs. Lake and pond owners often wait until an algae bloom, fish kill, foul odor or other negative water quality problem occurs before implementing a basic water quality program. This can have dire consequences.

Poor water quality can quickly lead to an unbalanced ecosystem, which not only negatively impacts the ecology and recreational use of a waterbody, but can also affect surrounding waterways. Take the enormous toxic algae bloom in Florida, for example, which originated in Lake Okeechobee in the summer of 2016 and impacted Treasure Coast waterways and beaches; the dangerous cyanobacteria limited boating, fishing and swimming throughout South Florida and posed a serious threat to the health of residents, tourists, pets and wildlife. While a number of unique factors contributed to the development and spread of this harmful algae bloom, it is clear that water quality problems in our lakes and ponds can rapidly turn into ecological nightmares.

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Topics: Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

Matt Ward of SOLitude Lake Management Wins 2016 Research and Case History Program Award

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 11, 2017

SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, is pleased to announce Biologist Matt Ward was named by AquaFix, Inc. as their Research and Case History Program winner for 2016.

A leading international expert in the development of bacteria and enzyme products for the management of fresh waterbodies, AquaFix, Inc. recognizes industry professionals for their project achievements through its Research and Case History Program. Case study projects from the nation’s top aquatic professionals are judged according to a combination of factors, including data quality, clarity, images and creativity, and winners are featured in AquaFix’s 2017 Natural Lake Catalog.

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Topics: SOLitude News, Aquatic Products

Fisheries Management Strategies: Seeking Professional Advice

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 06, 2017

AS SEEN IN Pond Boss Magazine: Written by Industry Expert, David Beasley, Fisheries Biologist & Director of Fisheries

seeking-professional-fisheries-advice-pond-boss-e.jpgThanks to the information age and rapid online answers to most any question, creating a high-quality fishery is within closer reach to pond owners than it has ever been. As a result, many pond owners are taking a do it yourself approach to try and produce high quality fisheries. Sifting through the vast resources available on the Internet, pond owners are able to piece together a fisheries management plan on their own, one step at a time. Although this process seems appealing to many, it comes with a larger risk than having a seasoned fisheries biologist help develop a plan and provide foresight and insight as to what to expect. Management processes such as stocking strategies, installing aeration, understanding water quality, and feeding fish can be self-taught, but investing in the opinion of a professional often greatly enhances the odds of being successful.

In the last two years, I have had the pleasure of meeting a large number of people who have taken this do it yourself approach to develop high quality fisheries. In conversations with them, I observed several common threads. First, each of them built new ponds or drained and dredged older ponds, since each of the landowners were well informed that new and reset ponds have much greater potential than trying to fix a broken fishery. Secondly, all of them were capable of affording the advice of a professional, but gained enough confidence through their own research to avoid that expense. Lastly, while all of these pond owners were given good advice through their resources, they were all stumbling over similar issues, resulting in their seeking professional advice prior to stocking predator fish.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Published Articles

SOLitude’s Earth Day and Arbor Day Tree Planting Campaign

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 04, 2017

Through our corporate volunteering and outreach program, The SOLution, SOLitude Lake Management is kicking off its 5th annual tree planting campaign in honor of Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 28).   

For every new SOLitude social media follower or blog subscriber throughout the month of April, we have pledged to plant two new pine trees through the National Forest Foundation! As a leader in environmental responsibility, SOLitude is determined to help protect and preserve the earth’s vital resources, improve the natural ecological balance of surrounding ecosystems and educate communities about the importance of environmental stewardship. 

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Topics: The SOLution

Sustainable Solutions for Lake and Pond Management

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 28, 2017


AS SEEN IN Various Community Associations Institute Chapter Newsletters: Written by Industry Expert, Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant

nutrient-remediation-sustainable-solutions-e.jpgAs lakes and ponds age, they are continually impacted by sedimentation and nutrient enrichment. Eventually, sediment and nutrient overload can lead to poor water quality and increased algae and nuisance aquatic vegetation blooms. It is extremely important to establish maintenance programs for community lakes and ponds which also function as stormwater management facilities. A key feature of these programs is the ongoing management of invasive vegetation and algal blooms.

The repetitive application of pesticides as the primary strategy for vegetation control is not environmentally sustainable, and the management focus is shifting toward non-chemical methods. In addition, due to tightened regulations and general public wariness regarding the use of algaecides and herbicides, it is becoming increasingly important to find alternatives for our nuisance aquatic vegetation treatment programs.

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Topics: Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Published Articles

SOLitude Lake Management Expands Presence in Georgia and Texas

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 23, 2017


solitude-acquisition-atlanta-georgia-tyler-texasSOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, has expanded its national presence with the recent acquisitions of Integrated Lake Management’s Atlanta, GA, division and Aquatic Management Services in Tyler, TX.

Integrated Lake Management’s (ILM) Atlanta division was founded seven years ago to deliver superior lake, pond, wetland and fisheries expertise. SOLitude’s acquisition of the division helps to strengthen SOLitude’s presence in the state of Georgia, and further enhances our ability to serve our clients across the market with a variety of premier aquatic services. Field Manager Steven King and Aquatic Scientist Peyton Woods have joined SOLitude, bringing with them expanded knowledge of the local community, public waterways and sustainable aquatic management solutions that promote healthy, vibrant ecosystems.

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Topics: SOLitude News

Five Irrigation Water Management Tips for the Golf Course Superintendent

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 21, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Trent Nelson, Aquatic Specialist and former Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

Whether the golf season is just getting started or already in full swing, it’s important to address the growing irrigation needs of your course. Turf health is highly dependent on the irrigation source and delivery system. While there are a multitude of management techniques that dictate the amount of irrigation water needed, there are also a handful of strategies that can be used to benefit your turf and help ensure that your waterbodies remain healthy. Healthy lakes and ponds equate to superior, reliable and predictable irrigation water quality.

Conducting an audit of your irrigation system may be the best place to start when developing techniques to maximize the efficiency of your irrigation water supply. This audit should include documenting and repairing any leaking or malfunctioning irrigation heads, checking and confirming the overall output of the system, and adjusting any site specific needs for dry or wet areas by reducing or increasing the application time of these areas. In addition to conducting an audit of your irrigation system, collecting samples of your water sources and testing the water quality can help uncover any underlying water chemistry problems or nutrient imbalances.

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Topics: Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Aquatic Weeds and Algae

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