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    Upland, Wetland & Aquatic Plants Every Turf Manager Should Know About

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 26, 2019

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    Written by Industry Expert David Riedl, Environmental Scientist

    Not only are turf managers responsible for the land, but quite often are tasked with overseeing the maintenance of the waterbodies on the property as well. Pond maintenance, in combination with turf management, opens the door to a plethora of issues most turf managers might not know how to address. However, simply knowing how to identify a few types of aquatic vegetation within a waterbody can help turf managers maintain a healthy property.

    Shoreline Vegetation 

    The first type of vegetation turf managers should be aware of is shoreline vegetation. A few notable examples can cause stress to turf managers.

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    Topics: Invasive Species, Pond Management Best Practices

    Case Study: Managing Aquatic Weeds & Algae in a Complex Canal System

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 20, 2019

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    Written by Industry Expert Nic Butler, Aquatic Specialist 

    Aquatic management plans vary as no two waterbodies or properties are alike, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to lake and pond management. Several years ago, we came across a particularly interesting opportunity that exemplifies how our team is able to successfully utilize a variety of aquatic management strategies to develop an effective and customized plan for the restoration of an aquatic ecosystem.

    In 2014, the homeowners association of a large community in North Carolina approached SOLitude for help with restoring balance to their system of waterbodies. The 500-acre development consists of a 56-acre canal system, an 11-acre lake and 11 other small ponds interspersed throughout the community. Significant populations of nuisance bladderwort (Utricularia) and proliferating spikerush (Eleocharis baldwinii) were observed through the waterbodies, along with several algal blooms of both the planktonic and filamentous varieties.

    Our first step was to

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    Topics: Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Aquatic Weeds and Algae

    SOLitude’s Heart & SOL Award Honors Top Volunteer of 2018

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 14, 2019

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    Following another successful year of volunteering and community outreach efforts through The SOLution program, SOLitude Lake Management awarded the company’s annual Heart & SOL award to Regional Administrator Becky Snyder for her never-ending dedication to supporting charitable initiatives in her local community of Shrewsbury, MA, and leading the company’s community outreach efforts throughout the country.

    The Heart & SOL award recognizes one individual within the company each year who goes above and beyond in personal volunteering, inspiring others, and displaying a true commitment and passion for making the world a better place. Becky was awarded this month during SOLitude’s annual “SOL Summit” culture and team-building conference in Virginia Beach, VA.

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    Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

    Largemouth Bass Movement in Flooding Events

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 12, 2019

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    AS SEEN IN Pond Boss: Written by Industry Expert David Beasley, Fisheries Biologist & Director of Fisheries 

    Heavy rain has a way of devastating communities and properties across this great country. It seems common to hear of places that receive 6-8 inches of rain within a 48-hour period. During these flooding rain events, lakes, ponds and fisheries must receive a large increase of incoming water within a short period of time, and release excess water in an orderly fashion. When this occurs, fish movement in and out of ponds can be a real concern.

    Flooding from upstream occurs when

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    Topics: Fisheries Management, Fisheries Projects

    How Does Road Salt Affect the Environment?

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 04, 2019

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    Written by Industry Expert Emily Mayer, Aquatic Biologist 

    Each winter season, municipalities stock up on salt to battle icy roads across the country. Every year during these harsh snow days, an estimated 22 million tons of de-icing salt is applied to major roads and highways throughout the U.S. As snow and ice melt, these road salts then enter our freshwater lakes, ponds and waterways through stormwater runoff. So, what are the environmental effects of road salt on our freshwater resources?

    According to developing studies conducted by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, scientists predict that within the next 50 years, our lakes and ponds are susceptible to becoming

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    Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Seasonal Pond Tips

    Fisheries Management: The Benefits of Electrofishing

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 31, 2019

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    Whether you’re interested in creating a prized trophy fishery or just want to improve the health and longevity of your fishing pond, electrofishing is an essential tool for fisheries managers. This method is the primary sampling technique used to gather necessary information about the current state of a waterbody and determine what can be done to meet or exceed the goals of the specific fishery.

    What exactly is electrofishing?

    Electrofishing helps biologists track reproductive success and survival rates of fish species. The assessment is performed by sending an electric current into the water in order to safely stun any nearby fish. Stunned fish can then be easily scooped up in a net and placed in a temporary holding tank where they can revive and be observed for data collection. Most often, fish are measured, weighed and marked with PIT or Floy tags, which are used to determine the health and growth of the fish year over year. Then, they are released back into the water completely unharmed.

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    Topics: Fisheries Management, Published Articles

    SOLitude Welcomes Scientists and Professionals to Growing Team

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 31, 2019

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

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    Topics: SOLitude News

    25 Years: An Informed Look at the Past & Future of Lake Management

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 29, 2019

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    How far we’ve come—from a one-man operation to a team of more than 350 scientists and aquatic management professionals. As we greet 2019, two of SOLitude’s leading lake and pond experts each celebrate the completion of 25 years in the field. With half a century of knowledge and experience between them, they reflect on the infancy of the freshwater management industry and forecast the exciting innovations held in the future.

    Marc_Bellaud_webMarc Bellaud, SOLitude President, has been a leader in the lake and pond management industry since 1993. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in biological sciences and a concentration in natural resources, Marc worked for two non-profit organizations before joining Aquatic Control Technology (now SOLitude Lake Management). He started as a field biologist and quickly became immersed in every aspect of the business. His roles and responsibilities expanded as the company continued to grow and he was named SePRO Applicator of the Year in 2006. He was later promoted to company President in 2013. Throughout his career, Marc has been actively involved in advancing the science of the aquatics industry as a good steward and widely-respected thought leader.

    Glenn_Sullivan_web_2016Glenn Sullivan, Certified Lake Manager and Environmental Scientist, has more than 25 years of hands-on freshwater management and industry leadership experience. Glenn Sullivan joined the lake and pond management industry in 1993 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Before joining SOLitude, Glenn served clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic as the President of Allied Biological. He is very active in the industry and has won several SePRO awards for his environmental stewardship and best practices approach to lake and pond management, including the Aquatic Environmental Stewardship Award (2003), Best Management Practices Award (2005), Sustainable Leadership Award (2008), and, most recently, the 2015 Applicator of the Year.

    How has freshwater management changed since you joined the industry 25 years ago?

    Marc: For me, the biggest overarching change that I’ve witnessed is the industry movement towards

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    Topics: SOLitude News, Published Articles

    SOLitude Named a “Best & Brightest Company to Work For” in the Nation

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 24, 2019

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    SOLitude Lake Management is pleased to announce the company’s selection as a “Best & Brightest Company to Work For in the Nation” by the National Association for Business Resources. The 2018 national winning companies were chosen out of 2,400 total nominations.

    The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment that lead to increased productivity and financial performance. This competition scores potential winners based on regional data of company performance and a set standard across the nation. This national program

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    Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

    Volunteer of the Quarter Educates Community About Invasive Species

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 22, 2019

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    Through its corporate volunteering program, The SOLution, SOLitude Lake Management has named Florida Regional Leader Alberto Florez the Volunteer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2018. Alberto demonstrated a true mission to serve through his many personal and team volunteering events in his local community in Florida.

    In the fall, Alberto served as an official volunteer at the Yesteryear Village LagoonFest in Palm Beach, FL. The annual festival seeks to spotlight the delicate waterways and estuaries in the region and generate interest in preserving and protecting the aquatic ecosystems for generations to enjoy. Alberto focused on educating attendees about estuaries and their unique

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    Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution