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A Dirty Day in the Life of a Lake and Pond Manager

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jun 13, 2017

AS SEEN IN Quorum Magazine: Written by Industry Expert Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant

cai-dc-metro-page-pond-manager-e.jpgThere are numerous reasons why a homeowner’s association would hire a professional company to do certain jobs rather than having the work done “in-house” by members of the community. It may be that the task requires technical expertise or special training, and there may not be residents qualified to perform the service. Or perhaps the nature of the job would require extensive manpower or specialized equipment. But let’s face it—sometimes the job is just so unpleasant that no one from the community would be willing to do it.

Welcome to a day in the life of a lake and pond manager. Our job requires all that was noted above - education and technical certification, physical exertion, training with specialized equipment, and yes, the willingness to perform services that others might find objectionable. One of the necessary tasks performed by our aquatic specialists is the application of herbicides and other products used for water quality management. In every state where we work, pesticide applicators are required to receive extensive training and to pass an examination prior to receiving a license to apply the products. And while all of the substances that we apply to the waterbodies that we manage are completely safe for humans, wildlife, and the environment when used according to the product label, many of the products do require that personal protective equipment (PPE) is used by the applicator when handling the products at full strength, and during the mixing and application process. Although there is increasing concern from the public regarding the use of pesticides, the process is very safe for the aquatic ecosystem when the appropriate product is selected and applied properly by an experienced licensed technician.

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Topics: SOLitude News, Published Articles

SOLitude Named to Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Fantastic 50 List

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 10, 2017


Winner Photo_Fantastic 50 Dinner-d.jpgSOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, is pleased to be named to the 2017 Fantastic 50 list, presented by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Honored as the 28th fastest growing company in the Commonwealth of Virginia, SOLitude was recognized at an awards dinner in Chantilly, VA, last month. The full list may be viewed here.  

Now in its 22nd year, the Fantastic 50 program is the only annual statewide award celebrating Virginia’s fastest growing businesses. Companies are judged on four-year total growth rates (2012-2015) and results are verified by Dixon Hughes Goodman, one of the top 20 public accounting firms in the nation. In 2015 and 2016, SOLitude was named 39th and 45th on the list, respectively.

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Topics: SOLitude News

SOLitude Completes Nationwide Earth Day Environmental Cleanups

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 08, 2017

earth-day-collage-the-solution-04.17-c.jpgSOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, recently helped lead or participate in more than a dozen environmental events across the nation in honor of Earth Day. SOLitude employees, family members and friends volunteered a total of 223 hours of their time to help collect 3,180 pounds of trash and debris, complete the first step of a beneficial shoreline restoration project and install 2,000 native wetland plants in local communities throughout the country.

SOLitude’s Hampton Roads, VA, team and friends celebrated Earth Day by participating in the Lynnhaven River NOW cleanup and Keep Norfolk Beautiful Day, where they helped remove 142 bags of trash from beaches and streets weighing 1,800 pounds. The team also spearheaded a trash cleanup near SOLitude’s Virginia Beach office and installed 80 feet of Oyster Castles along the shoreline of the Little Creek Watershed in conjunction with the East Ocean View Civic League and the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership.

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Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

SOLitude Announces Greg Blackham as Volunteer of The Quarter

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 26, 2017

volunteer-quarter-1-greg-blackham-the-solution-e.jpgThrough its corporate volunteering program, The SOLution, SOLitude is pleased to name Greg Blackham as their Volunteer of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2017.

Greg spent 15.5 total hours volunteering and participated in four team events during the first quarter. He frequently spent time helping sort and load several tons of meals and meal boxes for families in need through the Food Bank of Delaware in Milford, and also volunteered with the Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity. He helped the organization build two homes – one for a veteran with Multiple Sclerosis and another for a family with seven children. Greg helped cut out doors, build interior walls, install new studs, paint, clean and more. Greg also donated his time to the DNREC Beach Grass Planting event at Cape Henlopen State Park. The plantings will help reinforce and protect the coastline from storms and tides.

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Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

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

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

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

Meet Nine Exceptional 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

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

SOLitude Lake Management Recognizes Three Outstanding Volunteers and Donates Over $5,800 on their Behalf

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 25, 2017

Vol of Year & Quarter_Collage_01.17_d.jpgSOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, is pleased to name Becky Snyder and Ann Marie Dori as their 2016 Volunteers of the Year, and Shannon Junior as Volunteer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2016. In recognition of their volunteering efforts last year, SOLitude has made charitable donations totaling $5,860 to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, the Virginia Beach SPCA and the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL).

Becky Snyder, Regional Administrator for SOLitude’s New England territory, was named as a Volunteer of the Year after spending an impressive 125 hours volunteering in 2016 and participating in 27 volunteer events throughout the year. For nearly two decades, Becky has regularly volunteered as an adult advisor with the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a non-profit organization that strives to give girls the tools, training, and encouragement to let their individual spirits shine bright. As a mentor to the young women in the organization, she has been instrumental in teaching them how to be confident leaders in their community. Becky also serves as SOLitude’s volunteering team captain for the New England region. Over the past year, she has done a tremendous job of organizing new and interesting team events and inspiring her colleagues to help support their local communities. Team volunteering events that Becky coordinated in 2016 included volunteering with the Worcester County Food Bank, starting a supply drive for the Worcester Animal Rescue League, creating an office fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and scheduling an Earth Day cleanup on the Blackstone River.

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Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

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