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SOLitude Donates 10,000 Volunteering Hours to Local Communities

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 24, 2018

The SOLution Program

SOLitude Lake Management is excited and honored to announce recent milestones achieved through the company’s dedicated community outreach program, The SOLution. This past month, SOLitude’s team surpassed 10,000 volunteering hours in our local communities since the program’s inception in 2012.

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Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

SOLitude Lake Management Named a Fantastic 50 Company in Virginia

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 21, 2018

Fantastic 50

SOLitude Lake Management has been named one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the Commonwealth by Virginia Chamber of Commerce. SOLitude ranked 31 out of 50 companies honored during an awards dinner in Chantilly, VA.

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Topics: SOLitude News

Stormwater Management in HOAs and Community Associations

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 17, 2018

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AS SEEN IN WMCCAI May 2018 issue of Quorum Magazine: Written by Industry Expert Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist 

For Community Managers, adding a new property to the portfolio can be both exciting and stressful. Ideally, the community will have an experienced Board that gets along well and supports a common agenda. The developer or the previous management company will have kept adequate, organized records, and the transition to new management will go very smoothly and will include all of the pertinent documents. Or . . .

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Stormwater BMPs

The Algae Triangle: Managing Nuisance Pond Algae Without Algaecides

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 14, 2018

Algae Triangle

Written by Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist 

I frequently use herbicides and algaecides in my line of work. Having attended college and graduate school to be an Ecologist, it isn’t something I thought I would do very often, but with the frequency of environmental problems that involve invasive flora, nuisance aquatic weeds and potentially-toxic algae, EPA-registered herbicides and algaecides are an invaluable tool. There are, however, times when their use is impractical, imprudent, illegal or impossible. Maybe the HOA or property manager prefers that herbicides not be applied to nearby waters. Perhaps the regulatory bodies in a given area aren’t permitting the use of certain products. Whatever the reason, sometimes this option just isn’t on the table. But how do we effectively manage algae and aquatic weeds without herbicides and algaecides?

I employ a simple concept that I call the algae triangle, though it works for all forms of vegetation.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Pond Management Best Practices

Solar Aeration System: Aerate Your Pond Without Electricity

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 07, 2018

Solar Aeration

Written by Industry Expert Hunter Poland, Environmental Scientist

It’s not hard to identify a stagnant lake or pond. Typically, a waterbody lacking proper water circulation is characterized by foul odors, cloudy or scummy water, nuisance aquatic weeds and algae, and, in many cases, a plethora of mosquitoes. Fortunately, it is possible to reverse the problems that can result from stagnant water by installing a lake or pond aeration system. Traditional electric aeration systems can be effective when a power source is available near the pond, but in many situations, electric service is unavailable. Or, you may simply be interested in a more ecologically-friendly aeration solution. If so, a solar pond aerator may be a great option to improve circulation in your waterbody.

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Topics: Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Aeration

Now Available: Free Webinars, Resources on the Dangers of Toxic Algae

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 02, 2018

Harmful Algal Blooms

In recent years, cities have made headlines for outbreaks of toxins stemming from Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in lakes, stormwater ponds and reservoirs. In addition to being unsightly, these blooms and the neuro-toxins they can produce are suspected to have links to diseases like ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. They are also responsible for various taste and odor producing compounds that plague many of our drinking water reservoirs. SOLitude Lake Management, an environmental firm dedicated to improving lives through ecological education, is hosting a free informational webinar focused on methods to properly identify toxic algal blooms and sustainable strategies to prevent them from developing in our community waterbodies this summer.

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Topics: SOLitude News, Aquatic Weeds and Algae

Volunteer of the Quarter Has Passion for City Beautification Projects

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 30, 2018

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Through its corporate volunteering program, The SOLution, SOLitude Lake Management named Florida Regional Leader Alberto Florez the Volunteer of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2018. Alberto dedicated many free hours on weekends and evenings to community beautification projects, food bank visits and organizing team volunteering events.

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Topics: The SOLution

Best Practices for the Management of Mosquitoes in Your Community

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 23, 2018

Mosquito Management

What comes to mind when you think of warm weather? Maybe a nice, relaxing day on the beach or lake? Or maybe it’s the reminder that pesky bugs will be making their comeback for the summer. Out of all the little annoyances, mosquitoes are often considered the worst. In addition to being annoying, mosquitoes pose a serious threat to public health, as they transmit dangerous diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus. Luckily, there are several management strategies to help prevent mosquitoes from bugging you this summer. So, put down the citronella candle and take notes on how you can protect yourself from these pesky intruders.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Mosquito and Pest Control

SOLitude Lake Management Welcomes Industry Leaders to Growing Team

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 19, 2018

SOLitude Team

SOLitude Lake Management is pleased to officially welcome eight of its newest hires to the company’s growing team. These accomplished professionals, spanning from the Northeast to the Mid-West, bring extensive industry experience and a passion for restoring the health and beauty of aquatic ecosystems in their local communities:

Chase Brown Adam Burger  Bobby Rae Allen Chris Chick
Matthew Haupt  Trent Batson Brendon Donnelly Whitney Kochheiser

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Topics: SOLitude News

SOLitude's 6-Step Guide for Proper Stormwater Pond Management

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 17, 2018

Floating Fountain

Written by Industry Expert Kyle Finerfrock, Environmental Scientist

You may not realize it, but if you live in a heavily-populated area, most waterbodies you see are man-made. While they often provide aesthetic beauty and serve as a small habitat for birds and fish, they are primarily designed to collect stormwater and capture pollutants during rain events. Without these stormwater ponds in place, our communities would suffer from increased flooding, erosion and nutrient pollution. This is why it is critically important to ensure your stormwater pond is functioning properly at all times. Practicing the following proactive management strategies will go a long way in keeping your pond in peak condition:

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Stormwater BMPs

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