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5 Questions to Ask When Setting Long-term Lake & Pond Management Goals

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 08, 2019

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Written by Industry Expert J. Wesley Allen, Environmental Scientist & Regional Leader

Winter seems to be the time of year that we all think about goals. Whether it’s assessing how successful we were at achieving previously made goals or setting new milestones to achieve, the long cold nights seem to make us all reflect a little more. This time of year is also perfect for evaluating and setting long-term goals for lakes, ponds, and stormwater facilities. As aquatic resource management consultants, these goals are critical to deciding the who, what, when, where, why and how of managing each client’s waterbody.

Setting and exceeding long-term goals for freshwater resources requires the understanding and discussion of many factors. Each waterbody is unique, and each client is unique. In order not to get lost, focusing on the following five factors can make your goals measurable and, ultimately, achievable:

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Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Pond Management Best Practices

Freezing Temps? A De-icer Can Help Protect Your Pond

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 02, 2019

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Written by Industry Expert Joe Holz, International Sales Manager at Kasco Marine

The winter season is here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t utilize and enjoy your waterbody. If you live in a region that experiences freezing temperatures, it’s worth considering a de-icer to help protect docks and fountain equipment, and keep water open for increased winter safety and oxygenation benefits. Never heard of a de-icer? Below are some common uses. 

Kasco de-icers are known for their quality, durability and effectiveness and provide the best performance in ice prevention and property protection. 

Shallow Water De-icing

A de-icer helps prevent pond ice formation throughout the winter by bringing warmer, denser water from the bottom of a waterbody upward to the surface. By positioning a de-icer near the area of greatest depth and mounting it to angle back toward the targeted areas of your waterbody, you can successfully circulate the warmer water in to shallower areas. To do this in tidal waters, you will need to split the difference in water depth, so the de-icer is in shallow water at low tide and deep water at high tide. Another option is to tie your de-icer to a boat or floating dock and allow the boat/dock and de-icer to rise and fall with the tide.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Seasonal Pond Tips

SOLitude Supports Children, Families Through HOLiday Cheer Program

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 19, 2018

HOLiday Cheer 2018

This holiday season, SOLitude Lake Management has continued its annual HOLiday Cheer efforts through The SOLution, SOLitude’s corporate volunteering and outreach program. This year, SOLitude donated $8,280 worth of toys, clothes and other necessities to hospitalized children as well as five under-resourced families located throughout the country, bringing total donations through the HOLiday Cheer program to $37,540 since its inception in 2013. In addition, SOLitude’s Massachusetts office served as a drop-off location for Toys for Tots, collecting more than $10,000 worth of donated gifts from the surrounding community.

The HOLiday Cheer families “adopted” this year reside in North Carolina, New Jersey, Delaware and Florida. These families, which include 16 children in total, were selected by the SOLitude team based on nominations showing a true

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Topics: The SOLution, SOLitude News

Bathymetric Mapping: An Overlooked Component of Lake Management

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 13, 2018

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Written by Industry Expert Matthew Salem, Permit Coordinator and GIS Specialist

As we power through the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. But before we enter the new year, it’s important to reflect upon our successes and make plans to achieve bigger and better goals. If you own or manage a lake or pond, your goals may include improving aesthetics, enhancing water quality and strengthening the health of your aquatic ecosystem. While many of the strategies used to achieve these goals are implemented in the spring and summer, it’s never too early to get started. In fact, one beneficial and often overlooked tool is lake mapping—and now is the perfect time of year to utilize it!

What is lake mapping?

Lake mapping, or bathymetry, involves the measurements of water depth, volume and amount of collected sediment on the bottom of a waterbody. These parameters can reveal quite a lot about

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Topics: Lake Mapping and Bathymetry, Pond Management Best Practices

Ponder These Thoughts - Winter Lake and Pond Management Tips

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 13, 2018

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SOLitude Lake Management wants to be certain that your lake or pond is prepared for the coming year. With this in mind, we recommend that you consider the following during the winter months:

  • Review your lake and pond budget and replacement reserve funds to ensure that funds are available for bathymetry to determine if and when you will have a need for hydro-raking or dredging.
  • Evaluate your waterbody to determine if you need to add aeration to meet your management goals and objectives for the new year, and don’t forget to schedule annual maintenance and service for your existing fountains and aeration systems this winter.
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Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

Love Your Lake? SOLitude Offers Chance at Free Waterbody Makeover

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 11, 2018

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SOLitude Lake Management is accepting nominations for free lake and pond 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.

The effort is backed by The SOLution, a company-wide program that strives to “create a better world” be encouraging and practicing volunteerism, community outreach, sustainability and environmental consciousness. SOLitude’s leadership feels it is important to not only be good stewards of the environment, but also to fulfill company core values to “take action and be accountable” and to “protect and respect nature.”

Love Your Lake nominees

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Topics: The SOLution, SOLitude News

Thinking Past the Obvious When Managing Your Fishery

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 06, 2018

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Pond ownership is a journey that can prove to be exciting and fun, as well as frustrating and disappointing. The good times are typically fueled by great memories of relaxing on the water or catching fish with family and friends, and the bad times are fueled by something that prevents those good times from happening. As owners, we would like the pond to always provide a high level of entertainment, allowing for a continuous stream of lasting memories as well as a source of excitement and energy that motivates family to draw closer together and enjoy the presence of one another.

Over the years, many private waterbodies that became a pillar of lasting memories start to change. Oftentimes these changes occur slowly, and at times it happens so gradually that the transformation goes unnoticed until the pond or fishery have been altered considerably. When this occurs, it is typical for people to be concerned and take action.

Unfortunately for pond owners, the issues that are often viewed as problems are actually symptoms of the real problem.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

Use Aeration to Prevent Winter Fish Kills

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 29, 2018

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Written by Industry Expert Joe Holz, International Sales Manager at Kasco Marine

Winter fish kills are a serious threat to your fish population if you live in the north. If large amounts of snow and ice form on your pond or lake, it can block out sunlight from penetrating into the water. Without sunlight, plants die, thus ceasing to give off oxygen they would produce during photosynthesis. The dead plant material also provides added nourishment for bacteria which also use oxygen. As the winter progresses, the available oxygen in the pond can be used up to a point where fish can suffer.

In the winter, the metabolism of fish will slow down. They move less, eat less, grow less, and use less oxygen. The same goes for bacteria in the pond, the oxygen consumption is lower. However, oxygen levels can drop low enough to cause major problems in a pond if the winter is severe enough. In many cases, the larger trophy fish of a given species will consume more oxygen. Therefore, during low oxygen times, your biggest fish can die.

Luckily, winterkill can be prevented.

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Topics: Aeration, Fisheries Management

Invasive Species Highlight: Torpedograss

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 27, 2018

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Written by Industry Expert Robert Truax, Natural Resources Scientist

Many southern states experienced Torpedograss infestations this year. Torpedograss (Panicum littorale), also known as quack grass and bullet grass, is an invasive species that was first introduced to the United States in 1876 near Mobile, Alabama. It has since spread throughout the South.

04_torpedograssTorpedograss is a perennial grass, and the first step to proper control is correctly identifying it. It can grow up to three feet tall and, unlike some grasses, is commonly identified by its creeping rhizomatous root structure and rigid sharp pointed (torpedo-like) tips. Upper leaf sheaths can also have hairs on their upper edges. A unique characteristic used to identify torpedograss are the

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Topics: Aquatics in Brief Newsletters, Aquatic Weeds and Algae

SOLitude Named One of the Fastest Growing Companies by Roaring 20

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 21, 2018

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For the 6th year, SOLitude Lake Management has been named to Inside Business' Roaring 20 list, which recognizes the twenty fastest-growing companies in Southeastern Virginia based on revenue, employee growth and the significant contributions they make to the local economy.

All winners experienced annual revenue growth from 2015-2017. In the last year, SOLitude has significantly increased gross revenue and added more than 100 new staff members to its team.

Since the company began, SOLitude has grown a presence in more than 30 states across the country and continues to expand to new regions, including California and Arizona.

In an interview with Inside Business, SOLitude CEO Kevin Tucker recalled the

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Topics: SOLitude News

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