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Common Nuisance & Invasive Plants You May Be Mistaking for Waterlilies

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Sep 04, 2018

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Yellow waterlily, white waterlily and watershield can play important roles in aquatic ecosystems when managed properly. 

When you look out at your lake or pond, you may see some floating, broad-leaved plant species. The most common native species with floating leaves are yellow waterlily (Nuphar variegata), white waterlily (Nymphaea odorata) and watershield (Brasenia schreberi). Depending on region, waterlilies and watershield can be found inhabiting the shallow littoral zones of lakes and ponds, often covering the surface of these waterbodies with floating leaves and flowers. When managed properly, these species occupy an important ecological niche by creating habitat and providing food for aquatic organisms. However, several nuisance and invasive plants share physical characteristics with these beneficial species, making incorrect identification an easy—and potentially catastrophic—mistake. These nuisance and invasive plants rapidly out compete native species, can negatively impact the ecology of the aquatic habitats they invade and can drastically diminish the recreational and aesthetic value of your lake or pond.

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Topics: Invasive Species, Aquatic Weeds and Algae

FAPQ: Frequently Asked Pond Questions

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Aug 27, 2018

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Whether your waterbody is a stormwater management facility constructed for nutrient removal and flood mitigation, an irrigation or livestock pond, or an amenity feature created for recreation, there are many ecological problems that can affect the health and appearance of the pond and its suitability for the intended water use. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about pond and lake management.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation

Managing a Fishery to Avoid Excess Phosphorus Levels

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Aug 20, 2018

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Written by Industry Expert Dave Beasley, Fisheries Biologist and Director of Fisheries

As you may know, phosphorus is a nutrient that helps fuel the growth of aquatic plants and algae. The amount of phosphorus that waterbody owners and managers want or tolerate will vary significantly depending on goals. For example, a community manager seeking clear water with minimal aquatic growth in their stormwater pond will have a much lower tolerance for phosphorus than a private landowner whose goal is to produce trophy bass or attract waterfowl. Depending on these goals, along with your budget and the characteristics of your waterbody, the maximum amount of phosphorus that is considered desirable or acceptable will vary.

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Topics: Fisheries Projects, Fisheries Management

7 Tips to Prevent Harmful Algal Blooms in Your Community’s Waterbodies

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Aug 14, 2018

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A common issue that many communities experience is the growth of pond algae in lakes and ponds used for recreation and drinking water. In community waterbodies, moderate amounts of algae can often signify the waterbody is in good health, but excess algae levels may indicate that the natural balance of the ecosystem has been compromised. Without swift and proper management, certain species of algae, like cyanobacteria, can begin producing harmful toxins.

Following exposure or digestion of these toxins, humans and animals can experience skin rashes, liver and kidney toxicity, nervous system problems, respiratory complications and even death. Exposure to cyanobacteria also has suspected links to degenerative diseases like ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Pond Management Best Practices

Invasive Species Highlight: Water Chestnut

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Aug 06, 2018

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Water chestnut has invaded waterways from Canada to Virginia along the East Coast since its introduction in the 1870s. Water chestnut can be identified by its triangular serrated floating leaves arranged in a rosette pattern, radiating from a central stalk. The stalk is rooted to the bottom substrate and covered in feathery submersed leaves.

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Topics: Invasive Species, Aquatic Weeds and Algae

Fertilizer in Your Pond: Managing Nutrients to Change the Game

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Aug 01, 2018

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Written by Industry Expert Matthew Ward, Fisheries Biologist

If you own or manage a body of water long enough, you will experience invasive vegetation and algae growth. This growth can be associated with bad smells and dead fish, converting an otherwise pristine waterbody into an ugly mess. Often, a manager’s first reaction is to identify the intruder, apply a fast-acting herbicide/algaecide and wash their hands of the matter. This strategy may work for a while, but unfortunately, growth returns time after time. Managers can eventually enter a cycle where the frequency and severity of invasive growth begins to climb out of control along with expenses. Enter Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM considers biological, mechanical and chemical controls alongside adjustments in cultural practices, enabling us to treat the problem, not just the symptoms.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation

Stormwater Management Trends: Environmentally Friendly Pond Maintenance

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 30, 2018

AS SEEN IN Quorum, Washington Metropolitan Chapter and Community Associations Institute: Written by Industry Expert Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist

The_Greenlands_1_Summer_Scenic_AquaMaster_Fountain__York_County_VA__Kyle_Finerfrock__2013_cThe last decade has brought major changes to the pond and lake management industry. Every community that has privately maintained ponds, lakes or stormwater best management practices has responsibilities to manage the structural, functional and aesthetic integrity of the facilities. The primary ongoing maintenance issue in these facilities is typically the prevention and control of nuisance aquatic vegetation.

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Topics: Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Published Articles

Volunteer of the Quarter Supports Grade School Science Projects

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 26, 2018

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Through SOLitude’s corporate volunteering and community outreach program, The SOLution, the company has named Aquatic Biologist Brea Arvidson of Massachusetts as Volunteer of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2018. Brea has been active through various volunteering events supporting her community.

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Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

Case Study: Volumetric Approach to Managing Giant Salvinia Successful

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 23, 2018

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Written by Industry Experts Paul Dorsett, Fisheries Biologist, and Keith Gazaille, Director of Lake Management – North and Mid-Atlantic

Flag Lake is a 664-acre lake located on Barksdale Airforce Base near Bossier City, Louisiana. The lake is relatively shallow, averaging less than four feet deep, and serves as a valuable aquatic resource to the base and the surrounding communities by providing excellent fish and wildlife habitat, as well as important recreational opportunities in the form of fishing, waterfowl hunting and wildlife viewing. Historically, Flag Lake has suffered from the excessive growth of a variety of plant species, but most notably, invasive hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), American lotus (Nelumbo lutea) and water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes). In recent years, however, giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta) has dominated the plant assemblage, reaching problematic conditions in 2017 with an estimated 500 acres of water covered in this invasive aquatic plant. To combat this invasive species, SOLitude employed a volumetric management approach that was fairly experimental for an infestation of this magnitude.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

SOLitude Named “World’s Greatest” Environmental Firm in TV Debut

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 18, 2018

SOLitude Lake Management, the largest nationwide lake management firm in the country and industry leader in lake, pond, wetland and fisheries management, appeared on the television show “World’s Greatest!...” on July 23 and August 6, 2018.

The popular television series is a thirty-minute show dedicated to highlighting the world’s greatest companies, products, places, and people. Each episode offers a fast-paced tour around the world featuring behind-the-scenes footage, informative interviews and exciting visuals. 

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Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

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