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The Pond Management “Do-It-Yourself” Dilemma

October 15th, 2019

Written by Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist  Pond management experts are rarely asked to visit a lake or stormwater pond that is in good health. Though it is not a responsible practice, many property managers don’t call us until significant water quality problems have already appeared. I remember the first pond I was called to […]

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New Innovative Solutions in Your Lake Manager’s ‘Toolbox’

September 19th, 2019

AS SEEN IN Turf Magazine: Written by Shannon Junior, Ecologist Herbicides and algaecides have traditionally been used to maintain balanced ecosystems in lakes and ponds—but wouldn’t it be exciting if there was a new technology or process that could totally revolutionize the way we approach environmental problems in our communities? Industry leaders have long understood […]

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Bioengineered Living Shorelines: Innovation In Erosion Control

June 27th, 2019

Lakes and stormwater ponds are often the biggest source of beauty in our communities, but without proper management these systems can quickly become eyesores that produce harmful algae and bad odors, lead to damaged and eroded shorelines, and result in displeased community members. Unfortunately, these issues often reach beyond the point of a quick fix […]

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SOLitude Ranked as 12th Fastest Growing Company in Virginia

May 9th, 2019

SOLitude Lake Management has been named one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the Commonwealth by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. SOLitude ranked 12th out of 50 companies honored during their 2019 awards dinner in Chantilly, VA, last week. SOLitude Lake Management is an industry-leading environmental firm dedicated to providing sustainable solutions rooted in […]

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Managing Golf Course Ponds Without Traditional Herbicides

April 18th, 2019

AS SEEN IN Golf Course Management: Written by Benjamin Chen, Fisheries Biologist  Golf courses are picturesque with their landscaped green fairways and winding paths. While turf management is usually the first order of business for superintendents, lakes, ponds and water features aid in irrigation and help accentuate the beauty of the environment. Without proper management, however, […]

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Water Quality Testing: A Balancing Act

April 16th, 2019

AS SEEN IN Parks and Rec Business Magazine: Written by Trent Nelson, Aquatic Specialist and Business Development Consultant Most people have heard the adage that no two snowflakes are the same, but did you know this truth also applies to bodies of water? No two lakes or ponds are the same—and location, the size, water […]

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Using Human Dimensions in Aquatic Plant Management

April 8th, 2019

AS SEEN IN Bass Master: Written by Fisheries Biologist Vic DiCenzo, PhD Fisheries biologists consider aquatic plants to be an important component for healthy aquatic ecosystems. Aquatic plants serve a variety of functions including production of oxygen, recycling nutrients, reducing turbidity and providing food, spawning substrate and habitat for invertebrates and fish. However, while anglers […]

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Fisheries Management: The Benefits of Electrofishing

January 31st, 2019

Whether you’re interested in creating a prized trophy fishery or just want to improve the health and longevity of your fishing pond, electrofishing is an essential tool for fisheries managers. This method is the primary sampling technique used to gather necessary information about the current state of a waterbody and determine what can be done to […]

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25 Years: An Informed Look at the Past & Future of Lake Management

January 29th, 2019

How far we’ve come—from a one-man operation to a team of more than 350 scientists and aquatic management professionals. As we greet 2019, two of SOLitude’s leading lake and pond experts each celebrate the completion of 25 years in the field. With half a century of knowledge and experience between them, they reflect on the […]

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Making Assumptions in Pond Management

November 8th, 2018

Written by Industry Expert Dave Beasley, Fisheries Biologist & Director of Fisheries  When picturing a perfect day on the water, do you envision the warm sun on your face with a gentle breeze in the air and the relaxing sound of small waves rolling against the shoreline? Or is it the sound of children laughing […]

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