Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

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Nuisance Species Highlight: Bladderwort

February 22nd, 2018

Bladderwort (Utricularia spp.) is a genus of carnivorous aquatic plants consisting of more than 200 species. The submersed free-floating plants utilize bladder-like traps (0.2mm-1.2cm) to capture small prey, including mosquito larvae. Hundreds of traps cover the plant’s 4- to 10-inch stem, which can be topped by yellow or lavender flowers. Due to its lack of […]

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Ponder These Thoughts – Summer Pond Management Tips

July 24th, 2017

SOLitude Lake Management wants your lake or pond to be prepared for warm weather. With this in mind, we recommend that you consider the following during the summer months: • Warm summer weather seems to bring out the best and the worst in ponds. Although pond algae and aquatic weeds seem to be more abundant […]

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The Importance of Lake and Pond Aeration Systems

July 20th, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Greg Blackham, Aquatic Specialist Choosing the correct aeration delivery system for your lake or pond is one of the most important decisions you will make for the long-term health and balance of your waterbody. Regardless of how big or small your waterbody is, the goal of an aeration system is to […]

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How Often Should Water Quality be Tested?

April 13th, 2017

Written by Industry Expert, Brea Arvidson, Aquatic Biologist Healthy water quality is extremely important for all lakes and ponds, and proactive testing and monitoring is vital when it comes to helping prevent water quality problems in recreational lakes, stormwater ponds and drinking water reservoirs. Lake and pond owners often wait until an algae bloom, fish […]

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Fish Habitat Management: “Cover” Your Waterbody

February 9th, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Paul Dorsett, Fisheries Biologist and Territory Leader How to Create a Better Aquatic Habitat for Your Fish There’s an old adage that states, “Ninety percent of fish live in ten percent of the water.” This statement has more truth than most realize. Fish move throughout their environment for a variety of […]

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Drinking Water Reservoir Management

February 7th, 2017

Written by Industry Expert, Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant We are fortunate in the United States that our country has the technology and resources to provide clean and palatable drinking water to our citizens. However, the recent catastrophic situations in Flint, Michigan earlier this year and in Lake Erie in 2014 […]

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A Success Story: Restoring Fiske Pond Through Mechanical Harvesting

February 2nd, 2017

Written by Industry Experts Jeff Castellani, Director of Mechanical Operations, and Emily Walsh, Environmental Scientist Fiske Pond is a 67-acre waterbody located in Natick, Massachusetts within the Lake Cochituate sub-basin of the Sudbury River Watershed. Nestled in an urban area outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Fiske Pond was traditionally enjoyed by the community for recreational activities […]

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Utilizing Bathymetry to Budget for Future Repairs and Dredging

January 19th, 2017

Written by Industry Expert, Kevin Tucker, Chief Executive Officer If you live in a planned community governed by a Homeowners’ Association (HOA), are part of a lake association, own commercial developments, belong to a golf club, are a member of a recreational club, or you are a board member or manager for any of the […]

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Pond Management: The Restoration of Cliff Pond, in Brewster, MA

December 1st, 2016

By Industry Expert Dominic Meringolo, Senior Environmental Engineer, and Territory Leader Cliff Pond, located in Brewster, Massachusetts, is one of the most popular destinations on Cape Cod for water recreation. It also serves as the highlight attraction of Nickerson State Park, a heavily used property that includes a large campground that is often booked solid […]

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The Solar Solution: Solar Powered Aeration for Lakes and Ponds

November 29th, 2016

By Industry Expert Brent Weber, Environmental Scientist and Territory Leader The list of benefits that an aeration system can provide a lake or pond is endless. Besides helping to enhance fish habitat, improve water quality, reduce algae and remove unwanted nutrients, aeration can also break down unwanted bacteria, help prevent mosquito infestation and remove foul […]

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