SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, coordinated the donation of over $4,500 in products and services in 2015 for the maintenance of the recreational pond at Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children with special health needs. The pond management program at Camp Holiday Trails continues annually as part of SOLitude’s outreach and sustainability program, The SOLution.
SOLitude’s restoration of the pond at Camp Holiday Trails began in 2013, and involved installation of a submersed aeration system and treatment of the nuisance aquatic plant, watermeal. Since then, the lake and pond management company has continued to donate their time to maintaining the aquatic ecosystem so that it remains safe for campers to use. Donated services by SOLitude last year included maintenance of the aeration system as well as treatment of duckweed, an invasive aquatic plant, using herbicide produced by industry partner SePRO Corporation.
Camp Holiday Trails offers children with special and chronic health needs a fun, safe and medically-supervised camp experience. Approximately 94 percent of the campers receive financial aid to attend camp. Camp Holiday Trail’s pond, located near the entrance of the camp, welcomes children to their camp experience and enables them to enjoy therapeutic activities such as canoeing, swimming and fishing.
“Our struggle with duckweed not only endangered our aquatic life, but also jeopardized our camper’s ability to fully experience the pond. With so many of them coming from urban areas, the exposure to a natural body of water with safe access is rare. We are deeply thankful for the commitment and vigilance of SOLitude Lake Management in bringing back a healthy pond and helping to maintain this important natural and programmatic feature to our Camp,” said Tina LaRoche, Executive Director of Camp Holiday Trails.
The pond at Camp Holiday Trails was chosen for restoration through SOLitude’s Love Your Lake program—a part of their outreach and sustainability program, The SOLution. If you are a non-profit organization with an unhealthy lake or pond that is in dire need of ecological restoration, submit your photos and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for the Love Your Lake program.
The SOLution is a company-wide program that encourages the company and all employees to strive to “create a better world” through volunteerism, community outreach, sustainability and environmental consciousness. SOLitude’s company leadership feels it is important to not only be good stewards of the environment and good corporate citizens, but also to fulfill company core values to “take action and be accountable” and to “protect and respect nature.” To participate or share a non-profit's goals for consideration in The SOLution, contact Tracy Fleming at email@example.com or visit www.solitudelakemanagement.com/solution.
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PHOTO CAPTIONS: In 2015, SOLitude Lake Management donated their services to treat the recreational pond at Camp Holiday Trails that was covered in the invasive aquatic plant, duckweed (top). After ongoing treatments and continuous aeration (bottom), the pond can once again be fully enjoyed by campers for canoeing, swimming and fishing.
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