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Now Available: Free Webinars, Resources on the Dangers of Toxic Algae

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 02, 2018

Harmful Algal Blooms

In recent years, cities have made headlines for outbreaks of toxins stemming from Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in lakes, stormwater ponds and reservoirs. In addition to being unsightly, these blooms and the neuro-toxins they can produce are suspected to have links to diseases like ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. They are also responsible for various taste and odor producing compounds that plague many of our drinking water reservoirs. SOLitude Lake Management, an environmental firm dedicated to improving lives through ecological education, is hosting a free informational webinar focused on methods to properly identify toxic algal blooms and sustainable strategies to prevent them from developing in our community waterbodies this summer.

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Topics: SOLitude News, Aquatic Weeds and Algae

Volunteer of the Quarter Has Passion for City Beautification Projects

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 30, 2018

The SOLution-7

Through its corporate volunteering program, The SOLution, SOLitude Lake Management named Florida Regional Leader Alberto Florez the Volunteer of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2018. Alberto dedicated many free hours on weekends and evenings to community beautification projects, food bank visits and organizing team volunteering events.

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Topics: The SOLution

Best Practices for the Management of Mosquitoes in Your Community

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 23, 2018

Mosquito Management

What comes to mind when you think of warm weather? Maybe a nice, relaxing day on the beach or lake? Or maybe it’s the reminder that pesky bugs will be making their comeback for the summer. Out of all the little annoyances, mosquitoes are often considered the worst. In addition to being annoying, mosquitoes pose a serious threat to public health, as they transmit dangerous diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus. Luckily, there are several management strategies to help prevent mosquitoes from bugging you this summer. So, put down the citronella candle and take notes on how you can protect yourself from these pesky intruders.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Mosquito and Pest Control

SOLitude Lake Management Welcomes Industry Leaders to Growing Team

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 19, 2018

SOLitude Team

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 Mid-West, bring extensive industry experience and a passion for restoring the health and beauty of aquatic ecosystems in their local communities:

Chase Brown Adam Burger  Bobby Rae Allen Chris Chick
Matthew Haupt  Trent Batson Brendon Donnelly Whitney Kochheiser

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Topics: SOLitude News

SOLitude's 6-Step Guide for Proper Stormwater Pond Management

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 17, 2018

Floating Fountain

Written by Industry Expert Kyle Finerfrock, Environmental Scientist

You may not realize it, but if you live in a heavily-populated area, most waterbodies you see are man-made. While they often provide aesthetic beauty and serve as a small habitat for birds and fish, they are primarily designed to collect stormwater and capture pollutants during rain events. Without these stormwater ponds in place, our communities would suffer from increased flooding, erosion and nutrient pollution. This is why it is critically important to ensure your stormwater pond is functioning properly at all times. Practicing the following proactive management strategies will go a long way in keeping your pond in peak condition:

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Stormwater BMPs

Case Study: Managing Invasive Water Soldier in a Canadian Waterway

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 09, 2018

Water Soldier

Written by Industry Expert Glenn Sullivan, Environmental Scientist

The only known Water Soldier infestation in North America...

Canada’s Trent-Severn Waterway provides a link between Lake Ontario in the southeast and Georgian Bay in the northwest, allowing boat navigation for its entire 240- mile length through a system of rivers and lakes, and 41 locks. Water Soldier (Stratoides aloides), an invasive aquatic plant that forms impenetrable mats on the water surface, infested an area of approximately 700 acres within the Trent-Severn Waterway. The infestation was first reported in the Trent River, in September of 2008, and is considered the only known Water Soldier infestation in all of North America.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Invasive Species

Have You Considered Hydro-raking as an Aquatic Management Tool?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 05, 2018


Written by Industry Expert Emily Walsh, Environmental Scientist 

If you own or manage a lake or pond, you’ve likely heard of hydro-raking as a unique management tool utilized by aquatic professionals to remove aquatic vegetation. A hydro-rake is essentially a floating barge supporting a mounted backhoe and rake attachment that can remove up to 500 pounds of lake and pond muck, aquatic plant material and organic debris in a single scoop.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Pond Management Best Practices

Have a Tree Planted in Your Honor for Earth Day & Arbor Day!

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 02, 2018

The SOLution

For the 6th year running, SOLitude is excited to kick off of the company’s annual tree planting campaign in honor of Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 27). The efforts, which are supported by SOLitude’s corporate volunteering and community outreach program, The SOLution, will benefit the National Forest Foundation.

Contributing is Easy!

For every new social media follower or blog subscriber throughout the month of April, SOLitude has pledged to plant two new pine trees through the National Forest Foundation’s tree planting program. To increase the number of trees donated this year, follow SOLitude Lake Management on all of your favorite social media platforms. 

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Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

Eco-friendly Solutions for Maintaining a Beautiful, Balanced Waterbody

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 29, 2018


Written by Industry Expert Erin Stewart, Aquatic Biologist & Regional Leader 

When it comes to the management of a lake or pond, many people look for natural and environmentally friendly options. There are, in fact, many eco-friendly solutions that can be used to help improve aquatic environments. And these strategies are often employed as part of a proactive lake and pond management program.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Aeration

Should I Stock my Pond with Tilapia?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 27, 2018


Stocking your lake or pond with the appropriate fish can be beneficial to your waterbody in a variety of ways. Whether you're looking to control algae blooms, enhance your forage base, improve recreational fishing or simply grow an excellent food source, tilapia may be the ideal fish for your lake or pond. Tilapia are tropical fish that can provide numerous benefits to a waterbody if stocked correctly. These fish are more than a delicious entrée, they are a species that can bring balance to your ecosystem and improve your fishery.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Pond Management Best Practices

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