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Annual Lake & Pond Management

Scenic_Pontoosuc Lake_MA_Sustainable Solutions for Lakes, Ponds, Wetlands and Fisheries Management in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine

Achieve Aquatic Sustainability with an Annual Lake and Pond Management Plan

Just as the seasons change throughout the year, so does your waterbody. Without a dedicated lake or pond management plan in place, this circle of life can bring forth recurring invasive pond weeds, toxic algae, lake erosion, foul odors, and fish kills which can ruin a relaxing day out on or around the water. Property owners with the desire to prevent water quality problems and ultimately reduce their waterbody’s reliance on herbicides and algaecides should work with an aquatic weed management company to design a custom annual plan for their lakes and stormwater ponds.

Creating A Beautiful Aquatic Resource for All

Proactive management of your lake or pond helps ensure your aquatic ecosystem is healthy and safe for all to enjoy year-round. Whether your waterbody is used for recreational activities like boating, kayaking, swimming, and fishing or serves as a stormwater management facility, annual management is vital to both the health of your water and your happiness. With these proactive strategies in place, you can have confidence that your lake or pond will be a beautiful and safe place for people to come fish, swim, or simply enjoy the view.

Build Your SOL Pro Plan

Keeping your lakes, ponds, and fisheries ecologically balanced and beautiful isn’t a one-time job. It requires consistent, proactive care by highly trained lake management professionals. With a customizable SOL Pro Plan, you can maintain a beautiful, balance lake or pond year-round. Contact our aquatic professionals to discover the full benefits of a SOL Pro Plan.

Premium

Complex ecosystems have complex problems. By leveraging proactive management solutions, superior data, cutting-edge technologies and your dedicated support team, we’ll achieve the trifecta of impeccable beauty, functionality and aquatic health.

Plan Includes:

  • Visual Inspections (2/month)
  • Algae & Aquatic Weed Treatments
  • Shoreline Weed Control
  • Buffer Management
  • Eco-friendly Pond Dye Treatments
  • Water Quality Testing (Premium Assessment)
  • Annual Algae Testing and ID
  • Nutrient Recovery
  • Permitting Assistance
  • Monthly Fountain & Aeration Maintenance
  • Dedicated Customer Support Line
  • Annual In-person Meeting with Client/Board
  • 5% Discount on Products or One-Time Services

Plus

When you look past the water’s surface, it’s possible to identify imbalances before they physically reveal themselves. Cover all the bases plus enjoy increased site visits, advanced water quality assessments, and peace of mind with permitting assistance

Plan Includes:

  • Visual Inspections (2/month)
  • Algae & Aquatic Weed Treatments
  • Shoreline Weed Control
  • Buffer Management
  • Eco-friendly Pond Dye Treatments
  • Water Quality Testing (Enhanced Assessment)
  • Annual Algae Testing and ID
  • Nutrient Recovery
  • Permitting Assistance

Essential

Plan Includes:

  • Visual Inspections (1/month)
  • Algae & Aquatic Weed Treatments
  • Shoreline Weed Control
  • Buffer Management
  • Eco-friendly Pond Dye Treatments
  • Water Quality Testing (Water Wellness Check)

Optional Package Add-ons:

  • Biological mosquito control
  • Fish feeder maintenance
  • Mechanical removal of aquatic weeds
  • Shoreline debris removal
  • Stocking for a balanced fishery
  • Native plantings
  • Nanobubble/oxygenation treatment
  • Stocking for mosquito control
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Achieve Long-Term Goals with Water Quality Testing

Like all living things, lakes and ponds age. Human elements such as sewage discharge and fertilizer runoff can speed up the aging process by introducing excess nitrogen and phosphorous to a waterbody. The resulting nutrient pollution can diminish the natural beauty of a waterbody, jeopardizing human and animal health and destroying ecosystems. Year-round management plans are an effective method to slow the aging process of a body of water. Annual plans are put in place with the objective of creating a healthy, balanced and beautiful ecosystem.

Through an annual management plan, waterbody owners are able to identify and achieve long-term solutions to water quality challenges using an array of professional strategies. Just as no two waterbodies are chemically alike, no two maintenance plans are exactly the same. To design a personalized management plan, a professional lake and pond manager typically conducts water quality tests, analyzing the waterbody’s unique needs in relation to the owner’s personal goals – whether it’s to create a weed- and algae-free spot for swimming and recreation, a thriving fishery for family outings, or a beautiful, mosquito-free ecosystem to enjoy from the porch each evening. The insights gained from comprehensive water quality testing are used to establish a baseline of overall water health and to create a proactive, personalized and ecologically-balanced management plan.

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Increase Dissolved Oxygen Levels for Improved Water Quality

Unlike sporadic treatments, which are often completed when a problem has already been identified, annual management plans are proactive, focusing on holistic prevention of an aquatic ecosystem before problems can even appear. A critical tool in the proactive management of a body of water is pond aeration. The addition of a floating fountain or submersed diffused pond aeration systems can adjust water pH and remediate other related water quality parameters to help reduce algae and aquatic weed growth and improve the development of fish, native organisms, and healthy green phytoplankton. The resulting water circulation can also reduce the accumulation of sediment at the bottom of the waterbody, which is one of the most common signs of an aging pond.

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Prevent Nutrient Loading with Natural Solutions

Additionally, the cultivation of a beneficial vegetative buffer around a lake or pond can prevent erosion and the accumulation of sediment along the edge of a waterbody. When native plants are allowed to take root, they help stabilize delicate shorelines and filter trash, leaves, grass clippings, fertilizers, and other debris that can cause excessive nutrient spikes in a lake or pond. Buffers can be extremely effective at limiting nutrient loading when used in conjunction with the application of nutrient remediation products or natural biological bacteria (biological augmentation). Beneficial bacteria are like probiotics for a body of water, and function by facilitating the development of “good” aquatic plant species that keep nuisance and weeds and algae at bay. And once winter ice melts with the onset of spring, hydro-raking can also be used to physically remove nutrient-heavy muck and sediments from the waterbody, further preventing the growth of undesirable plant and algae species while improving water depth and volume.

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Implement an Annual Management Program

In addition to comprehensive water quality testing, aeration, buffer management, hydro-raking, and biological augmentation, an annual management plan can include other sustainable and professional strategies to improve the long-term health and longevity of a lake, pond, wetland, or fishery, and take away any guesswork when it comes to the health and future of the waterbody. With the proper foresight and professional expertise, property owners can delay and even avoid enormous costs that are often associated with pond dredging and recurring treatments. Those funds can be used elsewhere on the property or within a homeowner’s association, and lake and pond owners can rest easy knowing their waterbodies are receiving the very best care—all year long.

Who We Are

Contact Us For All Your Lake, Pond, and Fisheries Needs

SOLitude Lake Management is a nationwide environmental firm committed to providing sustainable solutions that improve water quality, enhance beauty, preserve natural resources and reduce our environmental footprint. SOLitude’s team of aquatic resource management professionals specializes in the development and execution of customized lake, pond, wetland and fisheries management programs that include water quality testing and restoration, nutrient remediation, algae and aquatic weed control, installation and maintenance of fountains and aeration systems, bathymetry, shoreline erosion restoration, mechanical harvesting and hydro-raking, lake vegetation studies, biological assessments, habitat evaluations, and invasive species management. Services and educational resources are available to clients nationwide, including homeowners associations, multi-family and apartment communities, golf courses, commercial developments, ranches, private landowners, reservoirs, recreational and public lakes, municipalities, drinking water authorities, parks, and state and federal agencies. SOLitude Lake Management is a proud member of the Rentokil Steritech family of companies in North America.

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