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Ponder These Thoughts - Spring Management Tips

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 22, 2018

Floating Fountain

SOLitude Lake Management wants your lake or pond to be pre­pared for warm weather. With this in mind, we recommend that you consider the following during the spring months:

Have your lake or pond’s water quality professionally tested. Find out early in the season if there is an imbalance in the water.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

Love Your Lake? SOLitude Offers Chance at Free Waterbody Makeover

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 20, 2018

Love Your Lake

SOLitude Lake Management is accepting nominations for free waterbody makeover services through the company’s Love Your Lake program. The annual initiative aims to support non-profit charities and foundations in dire need of recreational lake and pond restoration, with the goal of improving outdoor experiences for disadvantaged or special needs children, disabled individuals, or veterans and servicemembers.

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Topics: The SOLution, Pond Management Best Practices

How Can There Be "Too Many Pond Nutrients"?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 15, 2018

Lake Management

Written by Industry Expert Paul Conti, Environmental Scientist

Lakes and ponds are home to many aquatic plant species that function as food sources for fish and animals, and provide aesthetic beauty to onlookers. In order to maintain this kind of life in any pond, nutrients must be present. Among many types of nutrients found in a waterbody, the most significant nutrients are phosphorous and nitrogen. Despite the importance of these nutrients for aquatic health, an overabundance can cause serious issues. For the effective management of a community lake or stormwater facility, it is important to understand why a healthy balance of nutrients is critical to sustaining a waterbody, as well as ways to encourage this balance when the ecological health of the aquatic system is threatened.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Biological Augmentation

Feet First: Polio Disability No Match for Fly Fishing Enthusiast

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 13, 2018

Fly Fishing

When people say fly fishing is difficult, 68-year-old Marty Loudder challenges them to try it with their feet.

Longtime SOLitude client Martha “Marty” Loudder is not your average person. She’s a successful Professor of Accounting and Associate Dean at Texas A&M, where she oversees 4,500 undergraduate students. She’s an avid fly-fisherwoman, who takes yearly trips to the abundant San Juan River in Mexico. And she has spent more than six decades achieving goals with limited use of her arms.

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Topics: Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

SOLitude Ranks 10th on State-wide Best Places to Work List

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 06, 2018

Best Places to Work in VA

SOLitude Lake Management is pleased to announce the company’s placement on the 2018 Best Places to Work in Virginia list. The annual list is created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. SOLitude was awarded 10th place in the medium sized employer category during a ceremony in February at The Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville, VA. This is the company's fourth year

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Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

A Homeowner’s Guide to Aquatic Hitchhikers

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 01, 2018


Written by Industry Expert Josh Perry, Environmental Scientist

Do you know what costs homeowner’s associations, small communities and government agencies over 120 billion dollars annually? The answer is invasive species. Far beyond the monetary costs, invasive species create unsightly, unbalanced and unhealthy aquatic ecosystems. Unfortunately, human activity is responsible for most infestations. Whether you’re a part of a lake community, live near a stormwater pond or even own a decorative backyard water garden, we all play pivotal roles in spreading—but also preventing—invasive aquatic species.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Invasive Species

Electrofishing Private Waters and Implementing a Fisheries Management Plan

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 26, 2018

Written by Industry Experts David Beasley, Fisheries Biologist and Director of Fisheries and Aaron Cushing, Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Scientist

3_Electrofishing_NC_Daymude_DaveB_04.15_e.jpgAre you looking to improve or maintain a balanced, healthy fishery? Perhaps your goal is a trophy fishery? Either way, you can benefit greatly from electrofishing.

Electrofishing is a fish sampling tool used to gather fish population data, allowing managers to make accurate decisions and improve pond management techniques. Using an electrofishing boat, the electric field produced affects a small area of water in front of the vessel where fish are momentarily stunned and safely collected with dip nets. The question most people ask when they hear about electrofishing is: “Doesn’t that hurt the fish?” Surprising to most, the process is safe and harmless to fish. Once netted from the water, the fish are placed into a live well on the boat where they quickly recover and start swimming around. Once safely on board, length and weight data is recorded, observations are made, and fish are released without harm back into their environment. If desired, fish can be marked with PIT tags or Floy tags to determine growth rates when recaptured in the future. The data collected during electrofishing provides insight into current and future issues, giving pond managers the needed facts to make a fishery productive and keep it productive. In addition to collecting data, undesired species of fish or overpopulated size classes of predators can be removed from the waterbody.

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Topics: Fisheries Management

Nuisance Species Highlight: Bladderwort

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 22, 2018

Nuisance Plant Management

Bladderwort (Utricularia spp.) is a genus of carnivorous aquatic plants consisting of more than 200 species. The submersed free-floating plants utilize bladder-like traps (0.2mm-1.2cm) to capture small prey, including mosquito larvae. Hundreds of traps cover the plant’s 4- to 10-inch stem, which can be topped by yellow or lavender flowers.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

SOLitude’s Heart & SOL Award Honors Top Volunteer of 2017

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 20, 2018

Heart & SOL Award

Following a record-breaking year of volunteering and community outreach efforts through The SOLution program, SOLitude Lake Management awarded the company’s annual Heart & SOL award to Marketing & Outreach Coordinator Ann Marie Dori for her never-ending dedication to supporting and improving her local community in Hampton Roads, VA.

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Are Cattails Good or Bad? How Can They Be Successfully Managed?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 15, 2018


Written by Industry Expert Kara Sliwoski, Aquatic Biologist & Territory Leader 

Perhaps you’ve heard of or seen cattails before—they’re an iconic plant associated with many types of waterbodies. Interestingly, they have the potential to be both good and bad for a body of water. Maybe you are concerned about cattail growth in your own waterbody and are looking for some answers, options and recommendations; if so, you’ve come to the right place.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Buffer Management

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