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Are Turtles Bad for Ponds?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 14, 2017

Snapping Turtle

Written by Industry Expert Cole Kabella, Wildlife & Fisheries Biologist

Think back to the last time you were on a lake or pond. Chances are, you can recall seeing a turtle—or 10. Turtles are to water as meatballs are to spaghetti. This close relationship raises a few questions. Why are they there? What is their purpose? And the biggest question: Are turtles bad for ponds? Answering these questions will provide us with a better understanding of the role turtles play in the aquatic ecosystem.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Nature's Creatures

Trophy Largemouth Bass Fishery: Keys to Sustainability

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 12, 2017

Largemouth Bass

AS SEEN IN Pond Boss MagazineWritten by Industry Expert Dave Beasley, Fisheries Biologist & Director of Fisheries 

Complacency and trophy bass fishery are incompatible concepts that don’t belong in the same sentence. So, don’t let complacency sentence your trophy bass lake to an unsustainable destiny. While that may start off sounding a bit harsh, vigilance is a key to success in many aspects of life. That includes managing a trophy fishery. Just because you might figure out how to create a trophy fishery, it doesn’t necessarily follow that it will then sustain itself. Diligence is a key to long-term success.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

Team Environmental Scientist Awarded for Leadership, Community Service

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 07, 2017

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With so many environmental challenges facing the world today, SOLitude Lake Management has made it a team-wide mission to pave a path towards a better tomorrow through The SOLution, a company-wide program that embraces volunteerism, activism and environmental education in the communities in which we live and serve. John Phelps, an Environmental Scientist and Senior Business Development Consultant at SOLitude, was recently awarded for his service efforts through The SOLution by the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS), a national organization focused on the protection of lakes and reservoirs.

Phelps was presented a Community Education & Outreach award at the Society’s International Symposium in Denver, CO, in recognition of his leadership on a long-term

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Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

Welcome Aboard: SOLitude Team Continues to Expand

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 30, 2017

SOLitude Lake Management

SOLitude Lake Management is pleased to announce seven of its newest hires to the company’s growing team. Aquatic Biologist Scott Conrade, Aquatic Specialist Michael Meritet, and Mechanical Specialist Erique Cote provide sustainable lake and pond solutions to clients throughout the south and northeast. Chris Mann, Sharon Mertes and Allison Tabisz play integral roles in the support of SOLitude’s technology, administrative and operations initiatives.

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Topics: SOLitude News

SOLitude Recognized for Community Impact In Southeastern Virginia

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 28, 2017

Community Impact Award

As part of a commitment to environmental stewardship, SOLitude Lake Management also strives to serve the communities in which we live and work through The SOLution, a company-wide program that encourages staff to create a better world through volunteerism, fundraising and charitable contributions. SOlitude's program efforts were recognized this month at the Giving Back Awards, hosted by CoVa BIZ and Coastal Virginia Magazine at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. 

SOLitude was one of several businesses from Southeastern Virginia to receive the Community Impact award. Winners were selected based on

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Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

260 Families Receive Turkeys, Gift Cards Through Little GOBBLERs

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 20, 2017

The SOLution

This holiday season, SOLitude Lake Management continues its company-wide community outreach program, Little GOBBLERs, which helps families across the country celebrate Thanksgiving with food and donations.

An industry leader in lake, pond and wetland management, fisheries management and related environmental services, SOLitude donated $6,300 in turkeys and grocery store gift cards to

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Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

Did You Know? Professional Answers to Common Lake & Pond Questions

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 14, 2017


AS SEEN IN CAI New England: Written by Industry Expert Kara Sliwoski, Aquatic Biologist 

Despite the beauty, recreational space and natural wildlife habitats that our nearby waterbodies provide, lakes and ponds are often plagued by various ailments that can detract from the aesthetics, health, and functionality of their aquatic ecosystems. The following are a few responses to common questions often asked by those interested in lake and pond management.

Why is our pond green?
Without proper water quality testing and analysis, it can be difficult to determine the exact causes behind a green pond. The green you’re seeing may be algae. While algae look similar to some aquatic plants,

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Pond Management Best Practices

SOLitude Accepts Fifth Roaring 20 Award

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 09, 2017

Roaring 20

SOLitude Lake Management was recently recognized for the fifth year in a row for implementing a successful business growth model. 

SOLitude was named to Inside Business' Roaring 20 list, which tabulates the twenty fastest-growing companies in Southeastern Virginia based on revenue and employee growth. An awards ceremony hosted at The Westin Town Center recognized 2017 Roaring 20 winners for the significant contributions they make to the local economy.

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Topics: SOLitude News

SOLitude Names Ryan Young as Volunteer of The Quarter

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 06, 2017

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Through our corporate volunteering and community outreach program, SOLitude has named Aquatic Technician Ryan Young as the Volunteer of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2017. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Ryan and his parents took action, spending more than 20 hours over Labor Day weekend transporting stranded neighbors through flooded streets with his family’s boat and retrieving belongings and pets from waterlogged homes. Ryan is now fostering a cat until the owner’s living situation improves.

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Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

What Largemouth Bass Should I Stock?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 30, 2017

AS SEEN IN Pond Boss MagazineWritten by Industry Expert Dave Beasley, Fisheries Biologist & Director of Fisheries 

Pond BossChasing the dream of growing trophy caliber Largemouth Bass is becoming more common throughout America. Although managing for trophy bass is an acquired skill that takes years of practice (and patience), we live in a time where pond owners can learn, via a variety of sources, enough to figure out a reasonable plan for success. As many have come to realize, managing for trophy bass can seem as much art as a science. There are multiple paths a pond owner can take to achieve a trophy fishery, none of which is guaranteed to work. Although you can implement various processes and still find success, some strategies are better than others. 

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Published Articles

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