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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

Lake and Pond Bank Erosion Control, the Importance of Buffer Zones and Buffer Plants

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 14, 2017

Written by Industry Experts Brandon Tindley and Greg Blackham, Aquatic Specialists

Have you seen the banks of your lake or pond slowly recede and retreat year after year? Have you noticed soil and silt deposits building up along the shoreline? Does the average water depth of your waterbody get shallower each year? The erosion you are seeing is the natural, yet unwelcoming process of bank erosion. This is especially problematic in man-made lakes as nature utilizes gravity to level everything out. With erosion comes the mobility of additional pollutants into your water including nutrients, chemicals, and additional pathogens. When you combine all these factors, erosion can contribute to an overwhelming amount of stress factors on water quality, wildlife balance, and functionality. In most cases, the easiest and most cost effective measure to help prevent bank erosion is by creating a vegetative buffer zone. This should also be the first consideration when designing a long term solution to an existing bank erosion problem.

The number one benefit of a beneficial vegetative buffer is its ability to act as a natural filter for runoff. The longer and wider the buffer zone extends, the more particles it can slow down, intercept, and settle before reaching the pond. Vegetation can also protect the bank from rain impact erosion. Rain drops that hit bare soil can displace a lot of soil in a short amount of time. Another critical defense a buffer zone can provide is protection from wind and wave erosion. Plant roots can also help hold soil together whether it is along the shoreline in the water or even upland.

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Topics: Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Buffer Management

Meet Nine of Our Newer SOLs

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 09, 2017

We're pleased to introduce nine talented individuals at SOLitude.  Scientists James Lacasse and Tyler Meighan provide SOLitude’s clientele with sustainable solutions for lake, pond and fisheries management. Kelly Orne leads Human Relations as the company continues to focus on adding new talent to their team. Shane Edwards, Duncan Mahnken, Mariah Pohl, Madison Miller, Brianna Scicluna and Amy Draudt will play integral roles in support of SOLitude’s marketing, sales and administrative initiatives.

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Topics: SOLitude News

Hydro-Raking: Prolong Stormwater Pond Dredging with This Alternative

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 07, 2017

AS SEEN IN Various Community Associations Institute Chapter Newsletters: Written by Industry Expert, Jeff Castellani, Director of Mechanical Operations

Every community will, at some point, be faced with implementing water quality management strategies to slow or reverse the aging process of their stormwater pond. Size of the waterbody, overall condition and available budget will determine which management options you can consider.

When a stormwater pond’s function of collecting and retaining stormwater runoff is impaired due to accumulated organic and inorganic sediment, as well as nuisance aquatic vegetative growth, physical removal of this sediment and vegetation by dredging or hydro-raking should be considered. These two management techniques are typically considered once proactive management techniques are no longer feasible or effective to manage a pond. Determining which of the two management options is right for your community will be highly dependent on the management objectives, ecological goals desired and budget.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Published Articles

The Stages of Lake and Pond Succession

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 01, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Paul Conti, Environmental Scientist

VA golf course - flamentous algae_e.jpgLike any ecosystem, lakes and ponds naturally change over time through succession. As many outside inputs accumulate, changes in water chemistry, sediment makeup, and organism presence occurs. The aging of a lake or pond is a natural process, but can be highly accelerated through human activity and industry, reducing a waterbody’s life by decades. Through proactive and sustainable lake and pond management practices, we can slow the aging of a waterbody and, in turn, help keep it healthy and looking beautiful.

How is a lake or pond formed?

Initially, a lake or pond is created as a depression is formed; a depression can be formed in a number of ways, including the recession of the glaciers, a damming of a river, the impact of an asteroid, or a manmade digging event. Through rain and runoff events these depressions are eventually filled with water and become a lake or pond.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices

Zebra Mussels: Invasive & Harmful Aquatic Hitchhikers

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 23, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Kara Sliwoski, Aquatic Biologist

Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) are an increasingly problematic invasive species found throughout North American waterbodies and waterways. They are a small shellfish, regularly the size of a dime, that can grow to almost two inches in length, at their largest. Their namesake comes from the striped pattern typically exhibited on their shells. However, shell patterns can vary significantly between individuals and in some instances the mussels can have no stripes at all.

Native to Russia, zebra mussels are believed to have been introduced into the Great Lakes via ballast water from a visiting ship in the mid-1980s. They prefer colder freshwater habitats, but have also been found in slightly saline environments. Since their introduction, zebra mussels have spread throughout the Great Lakes and into the Ohio and Mississippi River basins, which is their primary area of distribution. To date, zebra mussels have been documented in at least 28 states and over 600 waterbodies; locations range from western New England to along the Missouri River in South Dakota and along the Arkansas River in Kansas. Unfortunately, there are scattered locations gradually appearing as far west as California as well.

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Topics: Invasive Species

SOLitude Lake Management Named to the Best Places to Work in Virginia List

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 21, 2017

2-14-2017 TOP Sharon Delaney Accepts Best Places to Work Award_e.jpgSOLitude 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 it has been named to the 2017 Best Places to Work in Virginia list. This is the company's third year named on the list. The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. SOLitude was recently honored at an awards ceremony at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, VA.

SOLitude provides their team members with a number of amazingly unique benefits. Through their environmental stewardship and community outreach program, The SOLution, team members are rewarded for their individual volunteer efforts in the form of gift cards or a company donation to the staff member’s charitable organization of choice (which coincides with the amount of volunteer hours accrued by the staff member over the course of the year). The company’s SOL Savings program provides bonuses for employees who discover a way to help the company be more efficient and save money. Ongoing training and professional development opportunities for the entire staff are offered through the SOLitude University program. 

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Topics: SOLitude News

Phytoplankton: Get to Know Your Pond Algae

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 14, 2017

Written by Industry Expert, Chris Doyle, Water Quality Program Supervisor, Certified Lake Manager and Director of Biology

Phytoplankton, better known as algae, is present in all lakes and ponds, although we generally only become aware of it when it becomes a nuisance. These nasty, smelly filamentous mats on the surface of the water can lead to fishing frustration and reduced aesthetics, and can negatively impact recreational activities like swimming and boating. Nuisance phytoplankton can also be suspended in the water column, often called unicellular blooms. These blooms typically occur later in the season, reducing the water clarity and often giving the water a “pea soup” green appearance. They are usually associated with cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), and can negatively impact water clarity and water chemistry. Cyanobacteria can also be toxic and cause serious health problems for humans and animals.

Lakes and ponds typically contain three broad categories of phytoplankton. These include filamentous phytoplankton, macroscopic multi-branched phytoplankton (which appear similar to submersed plants), and unicellular phytoplankton.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae

Fish Habitat Management: “Cover” Your Waterbody

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 09, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Paul Dorsett, Fisheries Biologist and Territory Leader

How to Create a Better Aquatic Habitat for Your Fish

1_Fish Cover e-1.jpgThere’s an old adage that states, “Ninety percent of fish live in ten percent of the water.” This statement has more truth than most realize. Fish move throughout their environment for a variety of reasons including spawning, optimizing their temperature, feeding, and avoiding predators. For “lie in wait” predators and many baitfish species, these movements are mostly relegated to being in or around the desired cover at varying depths. The availability of quality fish cover and the fishes’ desired depths will determine which 10% of the aquatic environment the fish choose to live in at any point in time. Therefore, placement of the right amount of cover at the appropriate depths should be a major objective of a lake or pond owner’s habitat improvement projects.

For the purposes of this article, I’ll limit discussion to the non-living cover that can be placed in a waterbody to provide cover for your fish. The first consideration in choosing cover type is the physical make-up of this cover with respect to its suitability for both forage fish and predator species. Baitfish tend to prefer large dense cover that offers the tight interstitial spaces and volume needed to protect them from predators. Larger predator species, however, prefer less dense cover with larger interstitial spaces that provide them a place to “loaf” while they await prey to make “their last mistake.”

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

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