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Ponder These Thoughts - Spring Management Tips

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 22, 2018

Floating Fountain

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 spring months:

Have your lake or pond’s water quality professionally tested. Find out early in the season if there is an imbalance in the water.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

Love Your Lake? SOLitude Offers Chance at Free Waterbody Makeover

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 20, 2018

Love Your Lake

SOLitude Lake Management is accepting nominations for free waterbody makeover services through the company’s Love Your Lake program. The annual initiative aims to support non-profit charities and foundations in dire need of recreational lake and pond restoration, with the goal of improving outdoor experiences for disadvantaged or special needs children, disabled individuals, or veterans and servicemembers.

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Topics: The SOLution, Pond Management Best Practices

How Can There Be "Too Many Pond Nutrients"?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 15, 2018

Lake Management

Written by Industry Expert Paul Conti, Environmental Scientist

Lakes and ponds are home to many aquatic plant species that function as food sources for fish and animals, and provide aesthetic beauty to onlookers. In order to maintain this kind of life in any pond, nutrients must be present. Among many types of nutrients found in a waterbody, the most significant nutrients are phosphorous and nitrogen. Despite the importance of these nutrients for aquatic health, an overabundance can cause serious issues. For the effective management of a community lake or stormwater facility, it is important to understand why a healthy balance of nutrients is critical to sustaining a waterbody, as well as ways to encourage this balance when the ecological health of the aquatic system is threatened.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Biological Augmentation

Are Cattails Good or Bad? How Can They Be Successfully Managed?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 15, 2018


Written by Industry Expert Kara Sliwoski, Aquatic Biologist & Territory Leader 

Perhaps you’ve heard of or seen cattails before—they’re an iconic plant associated with many types of waterbodies. Interestingly, they have the potential to be both good and bad for a body of water. Maybe you are concerned about cattail growth in your own waterbody and are looking for some answers, options and recommendations; if so, you’ve come to the right place.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Buffer Management

Invasive Common Carp & White Suckers: Removing Nuisance Exotic Fish

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 08, 2018

Common Carp

The United States has a history of non-native fish species entering waterways and becoming a nuisance within the aquatic ecosystem. The state of Colorado, in particular, is home to nuisance species such as Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) and White Suckers (Catostomus commersoni). Though some of these invasive and exotic fish may be desirable by some, the impact they have on the health of a waterbody and the native fish can be detrimental.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Pond Management Best Practices

Tips to Stay Safe Around Frozen Lakes & Ponds This Winter

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 04, 2018

Ice-covered pond

From fishing to hiking to skating, outdoor recreation doesn’t stop throughout the winter. Many of these activities take place on or around frozen lakes and ponds. Like any other time of year, it’s important to ensure proper safety steps are taken near the water. SOLitude Lake Management, an environmental firm that specializes in sustainable lake, pond, wetland and fisheries management strategies, encourages extra caution around frozen waterbodies this winter season:

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Seasonal Pond Tips

Did You Know? Professional Answers to Common Lake & Pond Questions

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 14, 2017


AS SEEN IN CAI New England: Written by Industry Expert Kara Sliwoski, Aquatic Biologist 

Despite the beauty, recreational space and natural wildlife habitats that our nearby waterbodies provide, lakes and ponds are often plagued by various ailments that can detract from the aesthetics, health, and functionality of their aquatic ecosystems. The following are a few responses to common questions often asked by those interested in lake and pond management.

Why is our pond green?
Without proper water quality testing and analysis, it can be difficult to determine the exact causes behind a green pond. The green you’re seeing may be algae. While algae look similar to some aquatic plants,

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Pond Management Best Practices

Should I be concerned with genetics when stocking Largemouth Bass?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 17, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Dr. Vic DiCenzo, Fisheries Biologist

Largemouth BassFish stocking is one of the most common management practices employed by fisheries managers to help enhance recreational fishing. There are a variety of reasons why managers stock fish:

• Establish populations in new or reclaimed lakes and ponds

• Supplement a population that experiences poor reproductive success

• Create a “put-and-take” fishery (such as trout or channel catfish)

• Introduce an alternative species

• Introduce genetic diversity

• Control predator populations

• Enhance the forage base

• Control undesirable species with a biological solution

Given the myriad of reasons why managers stock fish, a number of decisions must be made prior to stocking. 

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Pond Management Best Practices

Erosion & Beneficial Buffers: Like Sands Through the Hourglass

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 10, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist

Pond ErosionIt is often remarked upon how adept beavers are at creating their own aquatic habitat, but in my observation muskrats are nearly their equal in this regard. While beavers endeavor to turn every stream into a pond and every pond into a lake, muskrats seem intent on turning every pond into a marsh. Every muskrat burrow dug into the side of the bank collapses and erodes, washing sediment into the waterbody. The rodents continue stealing land from the shoreline as they dig new burrows into what was previously terra firma and the lake or pond continues to fill with what used to be its own banks.

This is but one example of shoreline erosion, which is (or at least should be) a concern of anyone with

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Buffer Management

Assess Fish Habitat to Maximize Better Bass Fishing

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Sep 14, 2017

AS SEEN IN Angler Magazine: Written by Industry Expert Steven King, Field Manager

Bass Habitat.jpgWhen it comes to bass fishing, any experienced angler would agree that targeting the correct structure is essential to catching fish on a consistent basis. Throughout the year, changing weather patterns and seasons can trigger the natural instincts of various bass species to behave differently and seek different types of cover. While this can make day-to-day bass fishing more challenging, improving your knowledge about fish habitat and tendencies can help improve catch rates.

To anglers, the word “structure” is a very broad term that can be broken down into two main categories:

1) Natural fish cover (trees, brush, rocks, aquatic vegetation and natural contours of the waterbody)

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Pond Management Best Practices

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