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Nominate a Family In Need This Holiday Season

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 05, 2018

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With the holidays on the horizon, SOLitude is gearing up for another year of community outreachThrough the company's annual HOLiday Cheer program, we are seeking nominations from our clients, followers and industry partners to help families who have fallen on hard times this season.

Nominate a Family In Need

The HOLiday Cheer program allows us to help bring some much-needed joy to deserving children and families who are suffering physically, financially and emotionally. Like years past, we will select families who

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Topics: The SOLution, SOLitude News

SOLitude Welcomes New Fisheries Biologist to Northeast, Mid-Atlantic

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 01, 2018

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Ben German is a Fisheries Biologist who joined the SOLitude team in September 2018. He was born in New York and has spent much of his life on the East coast, living and working in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Virginia. Ben is based out of SOLitude’s Shrewsbury office, from which he serves clients throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

“We’re excited to have someone as knowledgeable and experienced as Ben join our team,” said Dave Beasley, Director of Fisheries. “His expertise in fisheries management will be invaluable as we continue to expand our progressive fisheries management techniques throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.”

Get to know Ben and learn about the unique, regional fisheries expertise he brings to the SOLitude team!

What led you to pursue a career in fisheries?

"My passion for fish started at a young age. I’ve been fishing since I was three years old. It’s always been a big part of my life, so it was a very natural progression to consider a career in fisheries.

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries & Aquaculture from SUNY Cobleskill and went on to earn a Master’s in Lake Management from SUNY Oneonta.

As part of my thesis, I designed

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Topics: Fisheries Projects, SOLitude News, Fisheries Management

California, Arizona Freshwater Management Firms Rebrand to SOLitude

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 30, 2018

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Two leading lake management companies are merging under the SOLitude Lake Management brand - Aquatic Environments, Inc. of Benicia, CA and Water Resource Management of Glendale, AZ. SOLitude is the largest lake management firm in the country and provides premium turn-key lake, stormwater pond, wetland and fisheries management solutions to clients in more than 36 states.  

Aquatic Environments was acquired in April of this year. Water Resource Management was acquired in August. As of October 29, 2018, all company operations, service offerings and infrastructure were officially unified. The rebranding further expands SOLitude’s nationwide presence to the West Coast and the Southwestern United States.

Established in 1998, Aquatic Environments is California’s largest full-service lake and water feature maintenance contractor with extensive experience in mechanical dredging and flood mitigation. Virtually all Fortune 500 companies

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Topics: SOLitude News

The Importance of Understanding Your Watershed

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 25, 2018

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Written by Industry Expert Greg Blackham, Aquatic Specialist

Did you know that everyone on this planet lives in a watershed? A watershed, defined, is any amount of land that collects water through precipitation and transports it to a common outlet. That common outlet could be a stream, river, reservoir, lake or even a large bay like the Chesapeake Bay. A watershed is simply a term used to describe a transitional downhill area that water collects and flows through to reach its destination, including groundwater. The topography of the land, through elevated ridges, outlines the edge of each watershed, and small sub-watersheds can combine to form larger watersheds. Everything we do affects our watershed and our watershed affects the quality of all life within it and beyond, which makes it critically important to understand our impact on surrounding freshwater ecosystems.

Water traveling through the watershed is altered in numerous ways throughout its journey. Surface runoff, creeks and ditches pick up all types of organic and inorganic materials. Harmful

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation

Invasive Species Highlight: Mudmat

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 23, 2018

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Written by Industry Experts Emily Mayer, Aquatic Biologist and Kate Arnao, seasonal team member 

As its name suggests, mudmat (Glossostigma cleistanthum) is an invasive aquatic plant species that forms dense, green mats in littoral zones. The iconic bunny ear-shaped leaves of mudmat serve as a unique characteristic when identifying this species. The leaves grow in pairs along thin rhizomes, with narrowing stems at the base and widen into an oval shape at the tips.

Mudmat can thrive both as a submerged and emergent plant depending upon the location within the waterbody. This species generally prefers oligotrophic conditions, consisting of high transparency readings, low pH, and low pond nutrients. They can form “carpet-like” mats along the bottom of waterbodies, averaging from 10,000 to 25,000 plants per square meter, and can reach depths of up to two meters.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Invasive Species

Volunteer of the Quarter Loves Animals

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 18, 2018

Regina Brimmer

Through SOLitude’s corporate volunteering and community outreach program, The SOLution, the company has named Regional Administrator Regina Brimmer of Charlottesville, VA as the Volunteer of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2018.

Regina volunteers regularly and was very active in July, August and September through various charitable and volunteering events supporting her community. She is passionate about animals and donates much of her time to Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue, a non-profit that provides a home for aged and disabled

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Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

SOLitude Welcomes Regional Sales Leader, Scientists to Growing Team

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 15, 2018

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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 Southwest, bring extensive industry experience, a wealth of education and a passion for restoring the health and beauty of aquatic ecosystems in their local communities. 

ben-german-webBen German is a fisheries biologist serving clients from SOLitude’s Shrewsbury, MA office. He helps design and execute comprehensive lake management solutions for clients, with a particular focus on fisheries management, water quality monitoring and analysis, and nuisance plant management. Ben has a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture from SUNY Cobleskill, as well as a Master of Science degree in Lake Management from SUNY Oneonta.

lauren-sullivan-web2Lauren Sullivan is an environmental scientist based out of Shrewsbury, MA who assists SOLitude’s mechanical division with invasive weed control services, surveys, reports, proposals and GIS mapping. She is passionate about conservation and preserving natural resources and comes to SOLitude with 10-years of experience in several environmental disciplines. Lauren graduated in 2010 from Westfield State University with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in GIS. 

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Topics: SOLitude News

Winter Fountain Maintenance: Time for an Oil & Seals Change?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 09, 2018

Warwickresort.winterpond.newportnewsVA_DaveR_1.18.15_eYour floating fountain helps to maintain the balance of your pond or lake with constant aeration while providing a pleasing view throughout summer months. As we head into winter, now is the best time to consider scheduling critical maintenance and “TLC” for your fountain, such as an oil and seals maintenance service.

This important fountain maintenance task will ensure that your seals are working as designed, preventing any water from leaking into the unit, and that that your pond fountain is running with clean oil. The oil and seals service includes performing an internal inspection of the power unit (motor and related parts), making any necessary adjustments, replacing any worn parts, and changing the oil, rotary shaft seal, and all related parts. Changing the oil in your fountain works much like changing the oil in your car: the cleaner the oil, the smoother it runs.

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Topics: Aeration, Seasonal Pond Tips

What Exactly Is Stormwater Runoff?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 09, 2018

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Written by Industry Expert Jason Luce, Lake Management Scientist

Have you ever wondered what happens to a single drop of water when it rains? Depending upon where you live, that drop of water may land on the ground and seep into the soil or it may land on a leaf and evaporate back into the atmosphere. But, if you live in a developed area such as a city or HOA community, the fate of that droplet of water may be a rooftop, sidewalk or road and eventually a lake or stormwater pond. As development increases, so does stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff is the portion of rainfall or snowmelt that “runs off” the landscape instead of seeping into the ground. When managed incorrectly, stormwater runoff can become a major problem.

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Topics: Stormwater BMPs, Pond Management Best Practices

Are Zebra Mussels Harmful?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 04, 2018

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Written by Industry Expert Bob Schindler, Aquatic Biologist

Ecological impacts, habitat distinctions, and sustainable management options for Zebra and Quagga mussels in freshwater environments

Widespread occurrences of both Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) and Quagga mussels (D. rostriformis bugensis) have been well documented since their initial confirmation within the Great Lakes during 1986 and 1991, respectively. These two species of invasive aquatic shellfish have been a focus of research and public education as their infestations have rapidly expanded to include a major portion of the Northeastern United States, along with localized infestations now confirmed west of the Rockies. While many of the significant ecological impacts are mutually shared between both species of mussel, there are key morphological and potential habitat distinctions that can aid in identifying the threat level of introduction, especially within small lake and pond environments.

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Topics: Nature's Creatures, Invasive Species

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