Two aquatics management professionals from SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, received Technology and Development Awards from SePRO Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of high quality, environmentally responsible solutions for aquatic plant management. The SOLitude team members were honored with this award for their partnership with SePRO in conducting innovative research in the final phase of development of a new herbicide. Additionally, eleven water quality management professionals from SOLitude won Seeing is Believing Awards from SePRO. These awards recognize the highest standard of excellence in water quality treatment for lakes, ponds, stormwater basins or other waterbodies that have demonstrated the effectiveness of SePRO products in improving these aquatic ecosystems.
Marc Bellaud, President of SOLitude Lake Management, and Michael Lennon, Aquatic Specialist and Territory Leader, were named for the Technology and Development Award at the 2016 SePRO Preferred Applicator Seminar in November at the SePRO research and training center in Whitakers, North Carolina. They were recognized for their help in coordinating field trials of a new herbicide with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and SePRO to evaluate its potential as a management option for control of non-native variable watermilfoil. SOLitude contributed to bringing this breakthrough technology to the aquatics industry by assisting in site identification and state permitting, and performing the herbicide application.
The eleven SOLitude professionals named for the “Seeing is Believing” awards were also honored at the 2016 SePRO Preferred Applicator Seminar. Each award submission consisted of a case study documenting a technical program for nuisance aquatic weed and/or algae control with before and after photos and a detailed treatment summary for the waterbody including treatment objectives, treatment and waterbody specifics, water quality data, project results and client satisfaction.
A sample of case study submissions which resulted in these honors are as follows:
Josh Perry, Environmental Scientist, for the successful treatment of filamentous algae blooms in an 8 acre public park pond in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts that receives a significant amount of fertilizer runoff and has historically been plagued by severe algae blooms.
J. Wesley Allen, Environmental Scientist and Territory Leader, and Gavin Ferris, Ecologist, for their successful treatment of fragrant white water-lily in a community’s 0.5 acre stormwater pond in Bel Air, Maryland with 100 percent aquatic weed coverage.
Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant, for the successful treatment of a 0.6 acre private horse farm pond in Brentsville, Virginia to reduce the thick growth of duckweed, watershield and bladderwort.
Jason Luce, Lake Management Scientist and Certified Lake Manager, for the successful treatment of dense cladophora algae, as well as slender pondweed growth and filamentous algae growth, in a 1.2 care community pond in Aberdeen, Maryland.
Kyle Finerfrock, Environmental Scientist, for the successful treatment of parrot feather, a nuisance aquatic weed which was limiting recreational use in a community’s 2.75 acre pond in Mineral, Virginia.
Greg Blackham, Aquatic Specialist, for the successful treatment of a 4 acre stormwater pond, in Lewes, Delaware, that was plagued with spirogyra and pithophora algae blooms and low dissolved oxygen.
Hunter Poland, Environmental Scientist, for the successful treatment of persistent blue-green algae growth which was making fishing, kayaking and swimming nearly impossible in a 6.9 acre private pond in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Doug Hawpe, Natural Resource Specialist, for the successful treatment of blue-green algae in a Homeowners’ Association’s 0.45 acre stormwater pond in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
Parker Hurst, Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist, for the successful treatment of filamentous algae growth in a Homeowners’ Association’s 1.1 acre stormwater pond in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
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