Lake & Pond Management Tips

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5 Tips to Take Your Management Plan to the Next Level

An annual management approach is recommended as the most impactful, sustainable, andin the long runcost-effective way to maintain your waterbody. A standard management plan typically includes visual site inspections, shoreline buffer management, and water quality testing, to name a few. Beyond these traditional management tools, there are a number of solutions that can help take your management plan to the next level and keep your waterbody healthy and beautiful for years to come.

We look forward to working with Jeff and his professional staff in the coming years

Our Club was more interested in a mechanical removal approach to our weed problem versus a broad spectrum chemical treatment. Jeff Castellani and his team developed a plan that was well suited for our environmentally sensitive location. The mechanical hydro raking service that SOLitude provided was the perfect solution and worked very well in our shallow irrigation pond… We look forward to working with Jeff and his professional staff in the coming years.

Tom Colombo

Private Golf Club, Hyannis Port, MA

The staff of SOLitude Lake Management identified the weed and treated the pond promptly with much success.

We’ve been working with SOLitude Lake Management since 2009 when an aggressive aquatic weed was becoming a problem and taking over our pond. The staff of SOLitude Lake Management identified the weed and treated the pond promptly with much success. Since that time, our ponds have been monitored monthly by their competent staff and precautions have been taken so that the pond weeds do not get out of control. We are pleased with the quality of service and their effort to work with us towards an organic approach to keeping our ponds healthy

Marcie Weigelt

Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, DE

SOLitude came in and guided us through the entire process.

We were presented with the challenge of dealing with our stormwater basin, which is regulated by EPA standards that we were not familiar with. SŌLitude came in and guided us through the entire process. Our basin went from an eyesore to a spectacular main selling point for our community. We are in good hands with SŌLitude and cannot thank them enough!

Dawn Crawford

HOA President

SOLitude has taken a huge burden off of my shoulders and now I don’t even have to worry about the appearance of our pond

We used to struggle with many different issues on holes 15,16,17 at our Country Club. It was not uncommon for us to see algae blooms appear out of nowhere along one of the most important focal points of the course. Since SOLitude Lake Management has been taking care of the pond for us, we have had very little issues with the aesthetic qualities of our pond. SOLitude has taken a huge burden off of my shoulders and now I don’t even have to worry about the appearance of our pond

Keith Wood

Greensboro, NC

Excellent Results Made My Choice Easy

If you’d like to manage your waters professionally – then the best choice is SOLitude Lake Management. If you fish, then it’s more important. I had the good fortune to fish a property managed by SOLitude BEFORE I needed a pond management company…those excellent results made my final choice easy. They care and it shows. 

Carlton Howard, Private Landowner

Raleigh, NC

Outstanding Results

“We appreciate that a management program was developed that fits within our budget and that the fisheries biologists at SOLitude are available to talk with us when we have questions. The fish survey SOLitude completed for us, the recommendations on slot sizes, and the stocking and feeding program that were developed are producing outstanding results. Our club’s fishery is in the best condition it has ever been!”

John McCracken. President, Chohoke Fishing Club

West Point, VA

SOLitude Helps Community Define Vision & Achieve Goals

As the manager of wetlands and open water for my community, I work with SOLitude Lake Management closely. They have helped us define our vision and achieve our goals. Every wetland area and body of water has different uses and different needs. SOLitude understands that and ensures those needs are met all the while keeping the budget in mind. We have annual fishing tournaments and they come out and talk with the anglers, explaining what we’ve done during the past year and what our future steps will be. Management of wildlife and waters is an ongoing and long term commitment, SOLitude understands this. They have a dedicated staff that not only manages these areas but also helps educate their clients.

Robert Payne

Chair Open Waters & Wetland Committee, HOA of Brookside, Warrenton, VA

December 8, 2014

Our Club’s Fishery Is In the Best Condition Its Ever Been

Once again, thank you to David Beasley and SOLitude for all your help at Cohoke Fishing Club. Our hydrilla problem is practically non-existent now. The fish survey you completed for us, the recommendations on slot sizes, and the stocking and feeding program you developed are producing outstanding results. Our club’s fishery is in the best condition it has ever been! Your presentation to our stockholders at our annual meeting was extremely well received. We are getting ready to enhance our fish attractors as suggested.

We appreciate that a management program was developed that fits within our budget and that you are available to talk with us when we have questions. We look forward to continuing our association with David Beasley and SOLitude.

John McCracken

President, Cohoke Fishing Club, West Point, VA

February 23, 2015

Our Fish Are Thriving

I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the results of the algae treatment. We noticed a huge improvement very quickly, and at this point the pond looks really, really great. Also, the fish are thriving – some of the bass are over a foot, and the blue gills have also gotten big. We are just thrilled.

Thank you so much for your responsiveness.

Gwen Goodkin

Private Landowner, Charlottesville, VA

June 16, 2015

Thriving, Fish-Filled Ecosystem

In one season, SOLitude Lake Management turned the two lakes on my Virginia property from dead, weed-infested, eyesores into thriving, fish-filled, ecosystems – and they have maintained them as such ever since!

Angus Yates

Private Landowner, Middleburg, VA

September 17, 2015

Excellent Pond and Fisheries Management Advice!

After I had to drain my pond in 2010 to fix the dam, I took the opportunity to start from scratch. I did online research and subscribed to Pond Boss Magazine and restocked in 2011 with the equally important goals of creating a trophy bass fishery and a “guaranteed catch” bluegill pond for my eventual grandchildren. I contacted SOLitude to begin feeding the bluegill and to begin an electroshocking program to help guide my long-term management. Two years after my original stocking, we electroshocked for the first time. I was very surprised to find that the predator to prey ratio was dangerously lopsided and my pond goals were headed toward failure. Based on the electroshock survey and Dave Beasley’s advice, I restocked 10,000 more larger bluegill. Now I have 3 feeders feeding 3 times a day while the water is warm. My friends call me when they have “Daddy day” because they know they can come to my pond and their kids will catch bluegill bigger than my hand until they get tired of it. After 4 years, the bass are reaching 6 pounds and in an hour enough heavy bass can be caught that would beat a full-day’s fishing on any lake in the region.

Dave Beasley has always been available to answer questions and give prompt advice. Without SOLitude and Dave Beasley, despite all my research, my pond would be in an ever-worsening downward spiral. Now SOLitude and annual electrofishing surveys to keep me on track are a permanent part of my pond management plan.

Marc Daymude

Private Landowner, Cameron, NC

October 7, 2015

What A Great Company!

When looking online for a new fish feeder, we had unpleasant experiences with two local fisheries. I decided to call a feeder manufacturer in San Antonio, who recommended SOLitude Lake Management. They were terrific! Paul Dorsett called me directly and was so kind and helpful. He arranged a feeder to be delivered and set up for us. Although Paul was out of town, he sent his “ace” out, Ryan Young. Ryan and Alex Harrison were efficient, answered all questions and were very nice young men. Paul even followed up to make certain that everything went smoothly. What a great company! Customer service is what it’s all about these days and SOLitude Lake Management knows exactly that.

Cindy & Jim Bandy

Private Landowners, Centerville, TX

August 22, 2016

Educated and Helpful Team

I wanted to take this opportunity to say how amazing Cory Smith has been with my new ranch. I have two ponds that have never been managed and he has helped me put a plan together. We have added fish, fish feeders and even planned changing the size of the lakes. He has been an amazing asset to have. He loves his job which makes it enjoyable to email and text him to ask questions. He is a huge help and always provides an amazing amount of information. I appreciate all his help! He is an invaluable asset to your team and me!

Courtney Lindley

Private Landowner, Eustace, TX

May 15, 2017

In Awe of SOLitude’s Knowledge

I want to thank you all for coming out to Fort Pickett and for an excellent report and meeting. SOLitude’s knowledge about the industry and all of the different species, habitat and needs was impressive. Between Brandon and myself, I think we were both sitting there with our mouths open in awe of SOLitude’s command of the subject. You all really know your species and their requirements. It was excellent!

Ken Oristaglio

Fort Pickett, Blackstone, VA

June 7, 2017

Proof Is In The Pudding

Paul Dorsett and the rest of the team at SOLitude have done an absolutely wonderful job in helping us to create Lake Willis! In just a few short years we have gone from having just a few baitfish and perch, to catching a nearly 9-pound bass (our new record). Now if we could just have more time to fish as recommended, we could take out the 300 fish that need to come out. As far as we are concerned, we followed SOLitude’s recommendations and our fish have averaged growing of 2 pounds per year…proof is in the pudding! Thank you, Paul. I look forward to seeing you and your team again soon.

Weston Willis and Family

Private Landowner, Abilene, TX

June 9, 2017

Could Not Be More Pleased

Logan Cowan has for the last year or so been the person I work with on my ponds. I could not be more pleased with his work. He works hard, is always on time, he calls and keeps me informed, he explains the pros and cons of treatment alternatives, etc. I could go on. Bottom line – this young man is an asset to your company. Keep him and promote him. Thank you for all you do for me.

Billy Payne

Private Landowner, Navasota, TX

July 3, 2017

Truly Valuable Investment

We began with two small lakes that were never managed 10 years ago. With SOLitude’s help and expertise we expanded both lakes from 2 acres to 6 acres and began a monthly management program. We went from a spotty fish population to trophy bass with some over 10 pounds! SOLitude is efficient and really cares about the lake ecosystem. Seeing my three-year-old granddaughter catch her first bass makes the investment truly valuable. Thanks SOLitude.

Ric Campo

Private Landowner, Houston, TX

October 12, 2017

Frustrating to 100% Fishable

When we hired SOLitude, our 12-acre lake was about 1/3 full of lily pads and hydrilla which were frustrating to the fish. Within 4-6 months, the lake became 100% fishable and the coloring and bloom were much more attractive. The recent addition of 8 or so built brush piles has added much needed structure for bait fish and is now a great target that is producing bass on every other cast! A very common afternoon will produce 100 fish a day. Cory Smith and Stan Smith’s team communicates well and we feel confident that a game plan is in place form year to year.

Darrell Hernandez

Private Landowner, Athens, TX

April 5, 2018

The Best Choice Is SOLitude Lake Management

If you’d like to manage your waters (or watershed) professionally – then the best choice is SOLitude Lake Management. If you fish, then it’s the more important. I had the good fortune to fish a property managed by SOLitude BEFORE I needed a pond management company…those excellent results made my final choice easy. I’m sure that every firm is good – but if the phrase “by fishermen for fishermen!” rings true with you – then there is one choice: SOLitude Lake and Pond Management. They care and it shows.

Carlton Howard III

Private Landowner, Raleigh, NC

June 18, 2018

Our club’s fishery is in the best condition it has ever been!

We appreciate that a management program was developed that fits within our budget and that the fisheries biologists at SOLitude are available to talk with us when we have questions. The fish survey SOLitude completed for us, the recommendations on slot sizes, and the stocking and feeding program that were developed are producing outstanding results. Our club’s fishery is in the best condition it has ever been!

John McCracken 

President, Chohoke Fishing Club, West Point, VA

Fantastic Lighting Job

“Your professionalism and expediency in getting a job done makes my life as a Property Association Manager so much easier. Thanks for the fantastic lighting job on the BMP fountain. I have had nothing but great comments from residents.”

Michael Williams

Property Manager, United Property Associates, Chesapeake, VA

Reliable and Quick to Respond

“SOLitude Lake Management has been managing our lake/stormwater pond, and fountains since 2005. Kevin Tucker and his team have always been reliable and quick to respond to any issues. They are all very knowledgeable, able to explain what is happening with any situation, and find solutions to problem as they arise. Overall, I have been very pleased with their work and would highly recommend them to anyone with lake, pond, and other BMP management needs.”

Joan M. Fowler

Economic Development Department, City of Chesapeake, VA

Thank You from Camp Holiday Trails

Thank you for coordinating the restoration effort for our pond and donating labor for the aerator installation and watermeal treatment. This will ensure that hundreds of kids with special medical needs, and those who have the honor, joy and inspiration of working with them, will benefit from the Camp Holiday Trails experience this year!

Tina LaRoche

Charlottesville, VA

Many thanks to SOLitude for always doing such a great job in Crofton Meadows!

I had two phone calls today from homeowners telling me how beautiful the pond is and that they love the festive lights. Many thanks to SOLitude for always doing such a great job in Crofton Meadows!

Adriane DiCamillo, CMCA, AMS

Millersville, MD

Best Lake Company In Florida

Best lake company in Florida. Always available when needed and the person that shows up is very professional and courteous while on our property. You need more like this rep.

Thomas Mcentee

Florida

May 3, 2021

The SOLitude Team is absolutely fabulous!

SOLitude consistently provides top notch customer service and performance, whether it is over the phone or in person on-site. My questions are always answered promptly by your professional and knowledgeable staff. The SOLitude Team is absolutely fabulous!

Dawn Guappone, CMCA

Bridgeville, DE

Working with the team from SOLitude Lake Management took away the pressure of dealing with an issue that I had never specialized in

Working with the team from SOLitude Lake Management took away the pressure of dealing with an issue that I had never specialized in. The knowledge of everyone involved helped keep the process moving, from engineering to local code compliance. They knew the course that needed to be taken and it was implemented in a timely manner, causing the project to come to completion well within our expectations

Paul Watts

Wilmington, DE

Immediate Communication and Actionable Timelines

SOLitude Lake Management has consistently performed to a high standard within the three communities they currently service for my clients. Whether it is routine maintenance or a major issue, I can always be assured that when I call or email we will have almost immediate communication and actionable timelines. I am particularly impressed with Brent Weber, the Environmental Scientist that is routinely assigned to my properties. He consistently keeps me informed and up-to-date on the status of new issues and general or routine upkeep. In a busy industry such as this one, having someone that stays in touch is critical and appreciated. Hat’s off to Brent and to SOLitude for a job well done!

Lisa Wagner

Community Manager, Associa/Community Group, Richmond, VA

Incredibly easy to install

Works great! Incredibly easy to install, takes less than 15 minutes to do 100 feet of shoreline. It’s very effective – no geese since putting it up. I am a very happy customer.

Norm C

Wayzata

The Goose D-Fence works great.

The Goose D-Fence works great. I’m happy that I have it. We’ve had no geese in the yard since putting it up. Couple of days ago a few geese showed up – looked at it and left. Great product.

Bill B

Excelsior, MN

SOLitude has cleaned out our ponds

We have 5 water features on the property and before SOLitude Lake Management came, our ponds were full of algae and aquatic weeds, looking very unhealthy. In the past 7 years, SOLitude has cleaned out our ponds and got them back into shape making them look like amazing water features as they should be.

Aaron Tenley

Supervisor, Leisure World of Maryland, Silver Spring, MD

My ‘go to’ firm!

SOLitude Lake Management has been and will continue to be my “go to” firm…The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and willing to always go that extra mile. Their responsiveness to questions, concerns or work orders is fantastic. They have taken the time to educate me and have worked to find cost effective solutions that are sometimes outside of the box. Keep up the great work!

Sally Stamper

Newport News, VA

The service we received was top notch

When one of our stormwater BMPs was overtaken by phragmites, we called SOLitude for treatment. From the bidding process to the follow-up, the service we received was top notch. A year later, the Phragmites has still not returned. Considering how invasive this species is, this is quite an accomplishment!

Leah Aguilar

Operations Superintendent, York County E&DS, York County, VA

Restore Depth & Volume, Experience Immediate Results with Hydro-Raking

Whether you already have an annual management program in place or you’re in the planning process, consider adding on a mechanical hydro-raking service. A hydro-rake is essentially a floating barge equipped with a backhoe attachment. It can remove up to 500 pounds for muck, detritus, and nuisance plants from the water in a single scoop. 

The results are immediate – the restoration of depth and volume will prevent flooding during rainstorms and the removal of nutrient-polluted muck will eliminate a food source for undesirable plants and algae. Hydro-raking provides a modest “reset” of the waterbody, making the implementation of standard annual management services more impactful.

Preserving The Beauty & Safety of Your Shoreline

Shoreline erosion is a natural occurrence that’s caused by weather and wildlife, but it can also be expedited by overuse or neglect. Not only is shoreline deterioration unsightly, it can negatively impact the water quality, increase the risk of flooding, and endanger anyone who gets near the shoreline for swimming, fishing, mowing, or enjoyment of nature. 

There are a few ways to strengthen a deteriorating shoreline. Beneficial vegetative buffers can be cultivated by introducing native, deep-rooted plants. As the root systems expand, they create a strong structure that contains soil naturally. In severe cases, SOX Solutions can be utilized. This innovative knitted mesh material is filled with loose sediment and strategically anchored for a seamless look. Property owners may choose to integrate sod or landscaping elements to enhance aesthetic appeal. These solutions can halt erosion and prevent poor water quality conditions for many years so that you can focus on proactive annual management strategies.

Stock Fish for Aquatic Weed & Mosquito Control

You may think that fish stocking is reserved for trophy ponds owned by passionate sports fishermen, but all ponds can benefit from the introduction of new fish species. These selections will be based on the challenges your waterbody faces. 

For instance, lakes and ponds with invasive aquatic weed infestations may benefit from the introduction of triploid grass carp, which voraciously feed on undesirable plants. This is a fantastic alternative to herbicides in some regions. Lakes and ponds crippled by excessive mosquito populations can benefit from the introduction of small predators like minnows, guppies, and the aptly named mosquitofish as an alternative to larviciding. No matter your annual management goals, there is a fish that can help support them.

Educate Yourself and the Community

It may not be a typical service, but education is as important as any other element of your annual management program. Without understanding the outside factors that impact the balance of your waterbody, it will be more difficult to maintain its health and beauty. Whether your waterbody is located in a homeowners community, a private property, or a municipal area, it’s crucial to keep others informed about their impact on the land around them: 

  • Encourage residents to properly dispose of pet waste and trash 
  • Keep surrounding land clear of grass clippings, twigs, and other debris 
  • Allow native plants and grasses to grow, untrimmed, around the shoreline
  • Reduce use of lawn and garden fertilizers, or switch to organic products 
  • Report the presence of suspected invasive plants and animals 
  • Speak with an Aquatic Biologist before applying any products to the water

Achieve Your Dream Waterbody

Paired with standard solutions that we implement as part of a SOL Pro Plan, like nutrient management, fountain maintenance, and water quality testing, these extra steps will help prepare your waterbody with the long-term future in mind. Lake and pond management isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. A maintenance plan built on sustainable, proactive practices will help you achieve and maintain the waterbody of your dreams for years to come. 

Who We Are

At SOLitude Lake Management, we’re dedicated to making water a more healthy and beautiful part of our environment and our world. In that pursuit, we offer sustainable, comprehensive lake and pond management solutions.

How Can We Help?

Our aquatic lake management experts are ready to help you achieve your goals to restore beauty and balance to your waterbody. Call us or fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch shortly!

SOLitude Lake Management is a nationwide environmental firm committed to providing sustainable solutions that improve water quality, enhance beauty and preserve natural resources.

SOLitude’s team of aquatic scientists specializes in the development and execution of customized lake, stormwater pond, wetland and fisheries management programs. Services include water quality testing and restoration, algae and aquatic weed control, installation and maintenance of fountains and aeration systems, shoreline erosion control, muck and sediment removal and invasive species management. SOLitude partners with homeowners associations, golf courses, private landowners, businesses and municipalities. SOLitude Lake Management is part of Rentokil, a leading business services company, operating across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

For more information, visit SOLitude Lake Management at solitudelakemanagement.com, and connect on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

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