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    Pond Inspections and Bathymetric Studies

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 08, 2014

    Written by Industry Expert Brad Harris, Forest Biologist and Aquatic Specialist

    3D_lake_mapping_contour_bathymetric_sedimentation_mapsStormwater pond inspection and pond maintenance requirements vary from state to state and municipality to municipality. When a pond was constructed may also play a role in which stormwater regulations apply. The objective of these inspections, maintenance, and regulatory requirements are to ensure that stormwater ponds are functioning as designed, which is to collect pollutants, such as sediment, nutrients, debris, and trash, among others. These stormwater BMP (Best Management Practice) ponds are constructed to capture these pollutants and prevent them from being released into downstream water resources (streams, rivers, lakes and oceans).

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    Topics: Lake Mapping and Bathymetry, Regulatory Compliance

    Pond Dredging: Planning For Your “Big Dig”

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 05, 2013

    dredging a community pondIf your community has a lake or pond, it may have crossed your mind that dredging will be needed at some point. Hopefully your community has had a professional reserve study performed which includes funds allocated to a future dredging project. If you have reviewed this line item, you may see that it is one of the most costly projects that a community will ever undergo. Still, you may find that even though funds have been allocated, these funds may not be adequate to cover the scope of work needed. In order to prepare for the “big dig” that may be around the corner, here are a couple of tips to prolong the time needed between dredging projects:

    Bathymetry: Your lake is a dynamic and unique ecosystem. Bathymetry allows you to better understand the changes that are going on in your lake. Bathymetry is the science of three dimensional lake mapping where surface area is shown with the corresponding depths. It shows the underwater mountains and valleys. Specifically, it shows the very shallow parts of your pond. It also gives information on the quantity, location, and types of sediments sitting at the bottom of your pond. When compared to original plans, it will also allow you to calculate the rate at which your pond is filling in with sediment. This information allows you to tailor your dredging planning and budgeting to be more site and cost specific, reducing the unknown and taking the guess work out of your long term reserve planning and budgeting.

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    Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Lake Mapping and Bathymetry

    Sub Bottom Lake Mapping

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 19, 2012

    New! Sub-Bottom Sediment Profiling Mapping System

    True lake bottom profile can be seen with lake mapping technology

    dredging_photo_Richmond_Brent_07.2013_bAs an exclusive Lake Mapping Partner of The Mapping Network, LLC., Solitude Lake Management is excited to share their latest addition of an automated sub-bottom sediment profile mapping system. This new technology is fully automated and does not require labor intensive manual sediment measurements. The system logs sediment and water depth readings simultaneously, allowing owners to chart the bottom of their lake with remarkable accuracy. Dredging companies use this information to accurately bid and complete projects. Mapping lake sediment with this technology saves time, money, and materials by being informed and efficient with the dredging process.

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    Topics: Lake Mapping and Bathymetry

    True Lake Bottom Profile Can Be Seen With Lake Mapping Technology

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 19, 2012

    bathymetry lake mapping technologyNew! Sub-Bottom Sediment Profiling Mapping System

    True lake bottom profile can be seen with lake mapping technology.

    Jan. 16, 2012 / As an exclusive Lake Mapping Partner of The Mapping Network, LLC., Solitude Lake Management is excited to share their latest addition of an automated sub-bottom sediment profile mapping system. This new technology is fully automated and does not require labor intensive manual sediment measurements. The system logs sediment and water depth readings simultaneously, allowing owners to chart the bottom of their lake with remarkable accuracy. Dredging companies use this information to accurately bid and complete projects. Mapping lake sediment with this technology saves time, money, and materials by being informed and efficient with the dredging process.

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    Topics: Lake Mapping and Bathymetry

    SOLitude Named The Mapping Network's Partner of the Year Winner!

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 26, 2011

    mapping_network_logoThe Mapping Network would like to congratulate SOLitude Lake Management® (formerly Virginia Lake Management) for winning the 2010 Partner of the Year for the second year in a row. Kevin Tucker, President of SOLitude Lake Management®, says “we are proud to have affiliated ourselves with such an incredibly talented group of aquatic professionals, and look forward to many more years of quality service to our clients utilizing the techniques that have been developed and implemented by this amazing group.”  

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    Topics: Lake Mapping and Bathymetry

    Lake Mapping for the Mid-Atlantic and Beyond

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 10, 2010

    Sediment_Level_Map2_from_Mapping_Network_12.07.12SOLitude Lake Management offers the most technologically advanced lake mapping services available on the market, providing the most detailed and highest quality mapping products you can buy, for a very affordable price. We are proud to be designated by the Mapping Network as an exclusive Lake Mapping Partner. Equipped with the very latest in GPS surface mapping, bathymetric mapping, 3-D contour imaging, aerial and fly-over video resources and virtual underwater swim-view 4-D mapping, we are able to add layers of depth to the information our customers seek. Whether you are tracking sedimentation, planning for dredging, looking to improve your fishery with habitat enhancement, or simply looking to understand the overall size, volume, and bottom contour of your pond in order to make good management decisions, we have the tools you need to be successful. Get an in-depth look at how lake mapping helps determine the best lake and pond maintenance approaches and predict dredging requirements.

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    Topics: Lake Mapping and Bathymetry

    Bathymetric Mapping Helps HOA Plan Their Future

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Aug 20, 2010

    henrico county va lake mapping

    SOLitude Lake Management recently completed bathymetric mapping of a homeowners association lake in Henrico County, VA. This study was conducted to help the residents assess the overall condition of their lake, identify areas of significant sedimentation, plan for dredging and overall future lake maintenance. Combined with our professional inspection of the lake and report, this bathymetric mapping is a powerful tool for residential communities in their long term planning and budgeting.

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    Topics: Lake Mapping and Bathymetry

    Why GPS Lake Mapping is Important

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jun 03, 2010

    3D_lake_mapping_contour_bathymetric_sedimentation_mapsIf you own lake property, you may wonder why it's important to have the area mapped with GPS lake mapping technology. After all, it's just water, and perhaps it's deepest in the middle and shallow around the edges. Is it really necessary to know exactly every spot of depth in the lake or pond?

    If you plan to maintain a clean pond, free of toxins and obstacle, lake mapping definitely comes into play. If the lake is used for recreation especially, it's imperative to know what lies underneath the surface so that maintenance efforts are always successful. Reasons to employ GPS mapping for your lakes include:

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    Topics: Lake Mapping and Bathymetry

    Engineers Select Local Bathymetric Lake Mapping Expert

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 05, 2010

    Source: The Mapping Network

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    SOLitude Lake Management provided a bathymetric lake mapping for a lake in Virginia. Engineers recently performed a flood study on the dam and found the spillway insufficient. While preparing an engineering report to propose upgrade options the only bathymetric data available was hand collected in the 1950′s. As a local expert on bathymetric mapping, SOLitude Lake Management was able to conduct an accurate, up-to-date lake depth map for the engineer’s report. This will provide the precise lake depths needed to create the best dam upgrade options. In addition, the data will assist engineers in determining the amount of volume reduction achieved if the decision is made to lower the lake level a few feet.
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    Topics: Lake Mapping and Bathymetry

    SOLitude Completes Lake Mapping with The Mapping Network

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 16, 2009

    Lake_Mapping_Contour_Map_cOne of our partners, The Mapping Network, just helped us complete a bathymetric map for a planned golf community of 720 homes in North Carolina. The project will proivde the new community with a 3d color-shaded map that has water volumes for lakes as well as detailed GPS coordinates for various community landscape features.

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    Topics: Lake Mapping and Bathymetry