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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

Pond Management: What Are You Putting In My Pond?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 25, 2016

Written by Industry Expert, Michael Lennon, Senior Biologist and Territory Leader

Dustin_Treating_Cambria_at_Conerstone_VA_B_Annie_10_e.jpgAquatic herbicides and algaecides, as their names suggest, are used to manage plants and algae in aquatic ecosystems. They are an important tool for aquatic resource management, and often offer the most efficient and cost effective solution for managing undesirable plant and/or algae growth in a waterbody.

Despite widespread use, aquatic herbicides and algaecides are highly regulated. All U.S. EPA approved aquatic-use pesticides are subject to extensive testing to evaluate their effectiveness on target and non-target organisms, persistence in the environment and threats to public health. To achieve EPA registration, aquatic herbicides must meet rigid environmental and toxicology criteria. Required testing for aquatic pesticide registration is considerably more rigorous than their terrestrial counterparts, requiring evaluation of roughly 150 unique tests. Due to strict testing requirements, registration generally takes years of research before a new chemical compound can be approved by the EPA. Currently, there are only 14 EPA approved active ingredients that can be used in aquatic herbicides and algaecides. Various formulations and concentrations of these 14 ingredients constitute all approved aquatic herbicides and algaecides available for use in the US.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Aquatic Products

Phoslock – A Proven Strategy for Water Quality Improvement

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 26, 2015

Written by Industry Expert Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist

1_Towne_Bank_AquaMaster_Celestial_Aries_Nozzle_25HP_Suffolk_VA_Marc_Harris_2015eAs part of SOLitude Lake Management’s dedication to Integrated Pest Management strategies, we are constantly searching for new and environmentally sustainable practices that will reduce the quantity of aquatic herbicides that we apply to waterbodies, while still achieving the goals of our clients to have healthy and attractive ponds and lakes. Our firm works diligently to develop improved lake management strategies, working hand in hand with manufacturers to provide field research for new product development. We are always eager to try new technologies, and to incorporate them into our management programs when we find successful new products.

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Topics: Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Aquatic Products

Sonic Solution Devices Combating Toxic Algae Species in Our Lake and Ponds

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 05, 2014

By Industry Expert Marcus Harris, Fisheries Biologist 

green_blue_algae_cyano-bacteriaToxic algae blooms in Lake Erie made national news this summer. It may not have affected you at all, but if you have a lake or pond on your property, toxic algae is something you need to be aware of. Blue-green algae is not an uncommon occurrence during the heat of the summer and with it comes the chance for toxic species. Toxins are produced and released by certain species and can make humans and animals very sick if they ingest water containing these toxins.

One of the more effective ways to combat this type of algae is to install a SonicSolutions device. This device uses ultrasonic waves to break vesicles inside the cells. These vesicles are used by the algae to control buoyancy. When they are broken, the algae sinks to the bottom and dies.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Aquatic Products

Phoslock and Biological Products for Improved Pond Water Quality

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 20, 2014

Phoslock_55lb_bag-1Excess nutrients and phosphorus in freshwater lead to poor pond water quality and recurring algae blooms. Phoslock permanently binds with available phosphorus in your water so that it is unavailable to fuel algae growth. Biological products, like beneficial aerobic bacteria, feed on excess nutrients in the water column, as well as the sludge on the bottom of your lake or pond, removing these potential sources for algae growth and improving water quality, clarity, and odor. Improve your water quality with products like Phoslock, Aquafix Nature's Liquid Balance and SOLitude's own, SOLICLEAR.

How To Restore Lake And Pond Water Quality Through Nutrient Management

Purchase Phoslock, Biologicals and other aquatic products for your lakes and ponds by visiting our online store.

 

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Topics: Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Aquatic Products, Biological Augmentation

SOLitude Lake Management Ranked 2nd Largest Distributor of AquaMaster Fountains and Wins Calendar Contest

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 04, 2014

SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the Eastern United States, is pleased to announce that for the fourth consecutive year it has ranked as the 2nd largest distributor of AquaMaster Fountains and Aerators, both in the United States and Internationally. Additionally, photos of three SOLitude projects won the 2014 AquaMaster Calendar Contest and four more were awarded representation in this year’s calendar featuring dazzling shots of fountains in healthy waterbodies.

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Topics: SOLitude News, Aquatic Products

Phragmites Combo Punch

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Aug 13, 2013

Written by Greg Blackham, Aquatic Specialist

For those of you struggling with phragmites and invasive species control, you know how frustrating eradication goals can be. Traditionally, the main focus of a phragmites management program is herbicide treatment in the fall. During the fall the plants take up more herbicide than at any other time of the year because of the translocation process, when the plants are sending all their sugars and nutrients to their rhizomes for the winter. While this is still the best time for treatments in any serious eradication program, I have noticed even better results with a multi-faceted approach.

Phragmites Treatment ComparisonAt several communities in Delaware with shoreline phragmites stretches, we have taken an aggressive stance with phragmites suppression and eradication measures. We began with a complete mowing of the previous year’s plants in the spring with equipment specialized for mowing in a marshy/tidal environment. Then, in early June, as the plants got to about waist high, we conducted an herbicide suppression treatment. Because the phragmites had been mowed, we were able to get an excellent blanket of coverage over the plants. We knew that this treatment would not completely kill the plants since the rhizomes themselves would not uptake enough herbicide for complete control, but what we did accomplish, however, was suppressing the plants from further growth in the season.

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Topics: Invasive Species, Aquatic Products

Supplemental Feeding For Effective Fisheries Management

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Aug 09, 2013

Establishing a forage base that is self-sustaining should be a primary goal of pond and lake owners. A good way to achieve this is through supplemental fish feeding. Using automatic feeders filled with pellet feed is an ideal method to feed many species of forage fish. The additional food source will give your bait the needed edge to improve survival and reproduction success, while also providing your pond with the needed food to support a much greater biomass of forage. 

Feeding is beneficial for predator fish as well. Bass, catfish and trout species thrive on artificial feed and the option of feeding should be considered when managing for these species. A large advantage to using artificial feed is the front row seat you will have when managing your fishery. The ability to observe fish growth and health up close is a great benefit. Also, feeders provide a great fishing hole for kids and a quick place to catch a meal if desired. Pellet feed is less expensive than stocking forage fish, which reduces costs associated with creating and maintaining a healthy fish community. In times of reduced budgets, feeding rates can be cut back, but a reasonable amount of pellet fish food can still be affordable, allowing you to keep feeding and maintaining a healthy fish community. 

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Topics: Aquatic Products, Fisheries Management

Cure Your Pond Blues With Lake And Pond Dye

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 28, 2012

By Industry Expert Greg Blackham, Aquatic Specialist

lakes-and-pond-dyesKeeping up the appearance of your pond or lake and maintaining a healthy ecological balance can be frustrating at times. Far too often it may seem as if reactive pond management is being applied to control arising problems. One simple, yet highly productive proactive practice, is controlling the amount of sunlight entering your pond. Lake dye is an extremely cost-efficient way to achieve this goal.

Whether the lake/pond was man-made or created by Mother Nature, there are probably shallow areas somewhere in the body of water, especially around the perimeter. These zones are the most susceptible to algae and aquatic weed growth.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Aquatic Products

The LIFESAVER: Ultra Filtration Water Bottle

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 13, 2012

The LIFESAVER® 6000 Ultra Filtration Water Bottles uses a highly advanced ultra-filtration system to remove bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi and all other microbiological waterborne pathogens. It has replaceable filters which can treat up to 6,000 liters of water at a rate of 750ml in just under a minute without using chemicals or leaving a chemical taste. 
 

Lifesaver 4000 and 6000 Bottles

With LIFESAVER bottle there is no need for tablets, boiling, chemicals, tubes, shaking, scrubbing, waiting or effort. LIFESAVER bottle produces clean, sterile drinking water with no foul taste - fast!

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Topics: Aquatic Products

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