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No Electricity? Try Wind or Solar Aeration

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 18, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Brent Weber, Environmental Scientist and Territory Leader

Solar Lake and Pond AerationLake and pond aeration systems are used to circulate the water and add dissolved oxygen. The benefits of aeration systems are many; aeration helps enhance fish habitats, improve water quality, regulate temperature in advance of spring and fall turnover, reduce algae, remove harmful nutrients, breakdown adverse bacteria, prevent mosquito infestations and remove foul odors from a waterbody. Most of the time, however, a lake or pond does not have access to the proper electrical source to power an installed system. This is when a solar aeration system or a windmill aerator can serve as a valuable cornerstone to a lake or pond management strategy.

When it comes to power availability, we as lake managers run into this hurdle quite often. We may be called to a private residence, a golf course or a community that has a lake or pond off the beaten path. And depending on the health of the waterbody, an aeration system is usually an excellent first step in developing a sustainable lake management program. The hurdle of power availability can be easily jumped by utilizing the various types of solar and wind-powered aeration systems on the market today.

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Topics: Aeration

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

The Solar Solution: Solar Powered Aeration for Lakes and Ponds

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 29, 2016


By Industry Expert Brent Weber, Environmental Scientist and Territory Leader

solar-aeration-pond-management-e.jpgThe list of benefits that an aeration system can provide a lake or pond is endless. Besides helping to enhance fish habitat, improve water quality, reduce algae and remove unwanted nutrients, aeration can also break down unwanted bacteria, help prevent mosquito infestation and remove foul odors from a waterbody—all by circulating the water and adding dissolved oxygen. Sometimes, though, it’s not feasible to install an aeration system in an isolated lake or pond with no economical way to provide a power source. This predicament presents itself in a variety of different areas, including golf course lakes, farm ponds, private waterbodies, and homeowner association stormwater ponds.

Fortunately, there is a solution for those who are unable to get electric power to their lake or pond. Solar aeration systems were introduced to the lake and pond management market about a decade ago, and have made great strides in their overall effectiveness and efficiency over that time. Instead of going through the hassle or expense of running electricity to an area in need, there are now a variety of viable solar powered alternatives available from many different manufacturers. So, that waterbody on “the other side of the property” can now get the proper attention and aeration it needs to help keep it healthy and balanced.

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Topics: Aeration, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

5 Key Reasons to Use a Lake or Pond Aeration System

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 08, 2016

Written by Industry Expert, Dave Ellison, Aquatic Biologist and Regional Director

Fountain in Maryland PondIn many cases, aeration is the most essential component to an effective lake or pond management plan. Aerators increase diffused oxygen in the water, which in turn helps to improve the overall aquatic ecosystem. Aeration is added to a lake or pond by installing either a submersed air diffused unit or a floating fountain. Either type of aeration helps to mitigate the damage caused by excessive nutrient loading, and helps to restore and maintain water quality. Specifically, here are five key reasons to utilize aeration as part of the ongoing management of your lake or pond:

1. Aeration helps to reduce and eliminate many of the water quality issues that often lead to problematic pond algae blooms. The use of aeration may also result in improved water clarity as well as a reduction in foul odors that are frequently emitted from stagnant waterbodies.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Aeration

Golf Course Pond Management: Crystal Clear

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 05, 2016

AS SEEN IN Golf Course Industry Magazine, June 2016: Written by Rob Thomas

Golf_Course_Pond._Evergreen_CountryClub._Haymarket_VA_HunterP_06.15_2_d.jpgSuperintendents are often required to develop an aquatic maintenance plan to care for their courses’ water features. Our experts provide valuable insight to turn you into a pond specialist.

To maintain an environmentally sound pond, Jim Skorulski, an agronomist with the USGA Green Section, suggests the prevention of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) from entering the pond system. This is done by managing clippings, using buffers, preventing fertilizer applications and redirecting drain tiles if possible.

“Secondly, oxygenate the water column to improve water quality and support microbial activity and help reduce nutrient availability,” Skorulski says. “Third, remove nutrient sources or make nutrients unavailable to algae and plants in the pond, i.e. dredging sediments, using alum and other products that bind with nutrients. Fourth (not in importance), deepen the water column. Shallow ponds will always be problematic in regards to aquatic plants and algae.”

When coming up with a maintenance plan, many superintendents turn to pond specialists, such as David Ellison, aquatic biologist and regional director with SOLitude Lake Management, based in Virginia Beach, Va., who provides lake, pond and fisheries management services, consulting, and aquatic products nationwide.

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Topics: Aeration, Published Articles

The Benefits of Lake and Pond Aeration

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 29, 2016

Written by Industry Expert, Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist and Territory Leader

01_SOLitude_Wilkinson_2_AquaMaster_Masters_Lakewood_2HP_Richmond_VA_Brent_Weber_e.jpgAs the regulatory climate in the United States regarding aquatic pesticides becomes more stringent, it is becoming increasingly important to find alternatives to algaecides and herbicides for our algae and nuisance vegetation management programs. The continual and repetitive release of pesticides into the environment for vegetation control is not sustainable or effective, and more environmentally-friendly methods have become necessary. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a comprehensive approach to pest management that includes the use of many alternative strategies prior to or in conjunction with the use of pesticides. The implementation of a long-term, proactive IPM Program for lake and pond management helps to reduce the use of treatment products, while still providing for a healthy and aesthetically pleasing waterbody.

One of the most commonly recommended Integrated Pest Management strategies for water quality restoration is the installation of an aeration or circulation system. Aeration improves the health of a waterbody by adding oxygen to the system, which facilitates the conversion of phosphorus to forms that are not usable by algae as food. It also alters pH and other related water quality parameters to favor the growth of healthy green phytoplankton at the base of the food chain rather than potentially toxic cyanobacteria species. The end result is a healthier lake or pond with fewer harmful algae blooms, and a reduction in the need for algaecide treatments.

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Topics: Aeration

The Benefits of Winter Lake and Pond Aeration

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 17, 2015

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

Pond_with_Snow_TownleyFarms_Amherst_VA_MattP_eAerating lakes and ponds as a management tool began as early as the 1950s and was initially used during the winter months to reduce the probability of a fish kill. Later in the 1960s, the idea of aerating your lake to control eutrophication effects and to improve water quality began to take hold. The concept of aeration is a fairly simple one. Aeration introduces compressed air through a diffuser at depth, and causes water to be welled up by a rising plume of air bubbles. Surface aeration is another method that typically uses an impeller, forcing air and water from the surface of your pond or lake upwards, landing on the surface waters, increasing the diffusion of oxygen into your pond or lake (fountain aeration). Aeration has become a widely used and accepted lake management tool to increase dissolved oxygen levels within a waterbody, but as an effective tool it must be utilized correctly during the summer AND winter months.

So why aerate during the winter? Well let’s take a closer look at what is really going on in your pond during these colder months and use our findings to understand the cause of a dreaded fish kill.

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Topics: Aeration, Seasonal Pond Tips

Winter Fountain Maintenance: Time for an Oil & Seals Change?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 27, 2015

Warwickresort.winterpond.newportnewsVA_DaveR_1.18.15_eYour floating fountain helps to maintain the balance of your pond or lake with constant aeration while providing a pleasing view throughout summer months. As we head into winter, now is the best time to consider scheduling critical maintenance and “TLC” for your fountain, such as an oil and seals maintenance service.

This important fountain maintenance task will ensure that your seals are working as designed, preventing any water from leaking into the unit, and that that your pond fountain is running with clean oil. The oil and seals service includes performing an internal inspection of the power unit (motor and related parts), making any necessary adjustments, replacing any worn parts, and changing the oil, rotary shaft seal, and all related parts. Changing the oil in your fountain works much like changing the oil in your car: the cleaner the oil, the smoother it runs.

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Topics: Aeration, Seasonal Pond Tips

Solar Pond Aeration: Harnessing the Power of the Sun

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Sep 10, 2015

AS SEEN IN North Carolina Turgrass, A Publication of the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina, July/August: Written by Industry Experts Greg Blackham, Aquatic Specialist, and Gavin Ferris, Ecologist 

Page1_NC_Turfgrass_Solar_Pond_Aeration_boarder_eManaging a golf course can be complicated. Finding solutions that fit within annual budgets — solutions that balance aesthetics, keep the course playable and still coexist with the natural environment — is a challenge. Add the management of multiple ponds to the long list of other course responsibilities, and the task becomes even more daunting.

Golf course ponds often serve as an irrigation source for watering the turf, which limits herbicide compatibility and makes nutrient management all the more important. One critical nutrient mitigation strategy is aeration. As solar technology has improved, the price to implement the power of the sun has become more practical and reliable. Solar aeration can be a useful tool for managing golf course ponds, especially where extending power to the ponds is not feasible.

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Topics: Aeration, Published Articles

City Center Floating Fountain Installation

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jun 25, 2015

Written by Environmental Scientist, Kyle Finerfrock

Large display fountains can be stunning to watch; the sight of water being jetted thirty to fifty feet in the air in various patterns will definitely grab your attention. I remember the first time I discovered the 12 floating fountains at City Center in Newport News, VA, and how awesome a sight it was.

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In addition to adding beauty to your waterbody, aerating floating fountains increase and stabilize the amount of dissolved oxygen in the entire water column, improving the natural systems taking place beneath the water’s surface. Aeration systems can have a widespread effect on many different aspects of pond and lake health including improving water quality, reducing the likelihood of pond algae blooms, decreasing mosquito activity and reducing the accumulation of organic sediment.

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Topics: Aeration

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