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6 Tips to Reduce Nuisance Mosquitoes & Disease in Your Community

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 02, 2018

Mosquitoes

Summer is typically the time when communities, associations and property owners get the most out of their lakes, ponds and wetland ecosystems, but pesky mosquitoes can interrupt recreational activities and overall enjoyment of the outdoors. In addition to being a nuisance, mosquitoes can carry debilitating diseases, including Zika, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus, which is the most widespread and deadly, reported in 47 states and claiming more than 100 lives last year. Though mainstream media attention has shifted away from mosquito-borne diseases since the Zika scare of 2015-16, these viruses are still transmitted throughout the country.

"Mosquitoes are a threat to communities in many ways” SOLitude Lake Management’s President Marc Bellaud said. “It’s critical for municipalities, landowners and associations to understand and implement preventative management strategies that are effective and well as safe for residents and the environment.”

To protect community members and limit mosquitoes around your waterbody this summer, SOLitude Lake Management recommends the following preventative tips:

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Mosquito and Pest Control

SOLitude Acquires Aquatic Environments, Solidifies West Coast Presence

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jun 20, 2018

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SOLitude Lake Management, a leading environmental firm specializing in lake, pond, wetland and fisheries management, and related environmental services, has expanded its national presence to the western United States by uniting with Aquatic Environments, Inc. based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Topics: SOLitude News

Breaking Through the Thermocline to Prevent Fish Kills

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jun 18, 2018

Submersed Aeration

Written by Industry Expert Cory Smith, Aquatic Specialist & Regional Leader

The long, warm days of summer provide the perfect backdrop for swimming, boating and fishing, but the last thing you want to encounter at your lake or pond is a summer fish kill. Fish kills are often a natural occurrence that can happen any time of year. However, they are especially common in the summer. As the weather changes, the surface and bottom of the waterbody form distinct layers containing different dissolved oxygen levels and temperatures.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Aeration

Use Water Quality Testing to Customize Your Lake Management Strategy

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jun 11, 2018

Water Quality Monitoring

Written by Industry Expert Trent Nelson, Business Development Consultant & Aquatic Specialist

Everyone has heard the adage that no two snowflakes are the same, but did you know this truth also applies to your waterbody? No two lakes or ponds are the same—and location, size, water use, aquatic vegetation coverage and type, pond nutrient levels and water depth are all factors that can coincide in unique ways to influence the health of your waterbody. Oftentimes, odor and water color can reveal a lot, however, the unique characteristics of a lake or pond are not always this simple to observe. A professional lake manager tests water quality to capture and analyze the unique attributes that make up your waterbody and uses the data to create a totally customized lake or pond management plan. Many different parameters can be tested, but the basic values are pH, alkalinity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, water temperature and nutrient levels. These parameters are of particular importance because they can help identify problem areas and significantly influence or help shape a management plan.

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

Invasive Species Highlight: Apple Snails

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jun 07, 2018

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Written by Industry Expert Todd Karg, Fisheries & Wildlife Scientist

As global travel and transport become increasingly accessible, the risk of plant, animal, insect and mollusk relocation becomes greater. This is a serious problem. When a species native to one region is introduced to another, it is considered invasive. Invasive species have few or no natural predators and often destroy entire ecosystems by competing with native species, outgrowing their habitat and decreasing the biodiversity of surrounding life. Take the state of Florida, for instance. The delicate wetlands and aquatic ecosystems in the region are known for their unique diversity. However, increased tourism and shipping ports, along with greater accessibility from South America, have facilitated the introduction of many non-native species to the state, like the invasive and destructive apple snail.

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Topics: Nature's Creatures, Nuisance Wildlife Control

Utilize Buffer Zones as a Preventative Pond Maintenance Tool

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jun 04, 2018

Pickerelweed

Written by Industry Expert Daniel Hood, Wildlife & Fisheries Scientist

I have always been a fan of Benjamin Franklin’s saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Lake and pond management is a perfect example of this advice; preventing water quality problems at their source is often the most effective measure to help achieve long-term aquatic health. Community managers, golf course superintendents and private landowners interested in becoming more proactive in their maintenance approach may be intimidated by the many environmental variables and aquatic management strategies available to them. However, an easy and effective place to start is by creating and maintaining a shoreline buffer of native vegetation around their waterbody. 

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Topics: Buffer Management, Stormwater BMPs

Nutrient Management: Say No to Cyanobacteria if You Want Big Bass

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 29, 2018

HABs

AS SEEN IN Pond Boss MagazineWritten by Industry Experts David Beasley, Fisheries Biologist & Director of Fisheries and West M. Bishop, Ph.D., Algae Scientist & Water Quality Research Manager at SePRO Corporation

Several decades ago, pioneers of the trophy Largemouth Bass industry began connecting the dots on how to consistently grow big bass. Over the years, these innovators continually built on their knowledge to maximize production and develop fisheries from the bottom-up. They had a firm understanding that phytoplankton (microscopic algae throughout the water) was critical to producing those big bass we all daydream about, so they employed fertility programs that involved monitoring the plankton bloom and applying fertilizer when the bloom provided visual clues that additional nutrients were needed. Biologists developed an eye what to look for, and as result, fertilizing ponds became as much of an art as it was a science.

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Topics: Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Fisheries Management

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

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