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Stormwater Management in HOAs and Community Associations

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 17, 2018

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AS SEEN IN WMCCAI May 2018 issue of Quorum Magazine: Written by Industry Expert Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist 

For Community Managers, adding a new property to the portfolio can be both exciting and stressful. Ideally, the community will have an experienced Board that gets along well and supports a common agenda. The developer or the previous management company will have kept adequate, organized records, and the transition to new management will go very smoothly and will include all of the pertinent documents. Or . . .

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Stormwater BMPs

The Algae Triangle: Managing Nuisance Pond Algae Without Algaecides

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 14, 2018

Algae Triangle

Written by Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist 

I frequently use herbicides and algaecides in my line of work. Having attended college and graduate school to be an Ecologist, it isn’t something I thought I would do very often, but with the frequency of environmental problems that involve invasive flora, nuisance aquatic weeds and potentially-toxic algae, EPA-registered herbicides and algaecides are an invaluable tool. There are, however, times when their use is impractical, imprudent, illegal or impossible. Maybe the HOA or property manager prefers that herbicides not be applied to nearby waters. Perhaps the regulatory bodies in a given area aren’t permitting the use of certain products. Whatever the reason, sometimes this option just isn’t on the table. But how do we effectively manage algae and aquatic weeds without herbicides and algaecides?

I employ a simple concept that I call the algae triangle, though it works for all forms of vegetation.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Pond Management Best Practices

Best Practices for the Management of Mosquitoes in Your Community

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 23, 2018

Mosquito Management

What comes to mind when you think of warm weather? Maybe a nice, relaxing day on the beach or lake? Or maybe it’s the reminder that pesky bugs will be making their comeback for the summer. Out of all the little annoyances, mosquitoes are often considered the worst. In addition to being annoying, mosquitoes pose a serious threat to public health, as they transmit dangerous diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus. Luckily, there are several management strategies to help prevent mosquitoes from bugging you this summer. So, put down the citronella candle and take notes on how you can protect yourself from these pesky intruders.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Mosquito and Pest Control

SOLitude's 6-Step Guide for Proper Stormwater Pond Management

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 17, 2018

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Written by Industry Expert Kyle Finerfrock, Environmental Scientist

You may not realize it, but if you live in a heavily-populated area, most waterbodies you see are man-made. While they often provide aesthetic beauty and serve as a small habitat for birds and fish, they are primarily designed to collect stormwater and capture pollutants during rain events. Without these stormwater ponds in place, our communities would suffer from increased flooding, erosion and nutrient pollution. This is why it is critically important to ensure your stormwater pond is functioning properly at all times. Practicing the following proactive management strategies will go a long way in keeping your pond in peak condition:

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Stormwater BMPs

Have You Considered Hydro-raking as an Aquatic Management Tool?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 05, 2018

Hydro-raking

Written by Industry Expert Emily Walsh, Environmental Scientist 

If you own or manage a lake or pond, you’ve likely heard of hydro-raking as a unique management tool utilized by aquatic professionals to remove aquatic vegetation. A hydro-rake is essentially a floating barge supporting a mounted backhoe and rake attachment that can remove up to 500 pounds of lake and pond muck, aquatic plant material and organic debris in a single scoop.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Pond Management Best Practices

Eco-friendly Solutions for Maintaining a Beautiful, Balanced Waterbody

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 29, 2018

Aeration

Written by Industry Expert Erin Stewart, Aquatic Biologist & Regional Leader 

When it comes to the management of a lake or pond, many people look for natural and environmentally friendly options. There are, in fact, many eco-friendly solutions that can be used to help improve aquatic environments. And these strategies are often employed as part of a proactive lake and pond management program.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Aeration

Should I Stock my Pond with Tilapia?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 27, 2018

Tilapia

Stocking your lake or pond with the appropriate fish can be beneficial to your waterbody in a variety of ways. Whether you're looking to control algae blooms, enhance your forage base, improve recreational fishing or simply grow an excellent food source, tilapia may be the ideal fish for your lake or pond. Tilapia are tropical fish that can provide numerous benefits to a waterbody if stocked correctly. These fish are more than a delicious entrée, they are a species that can bring balance to your ecosystem and improve your fishery.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Pond Management Best Practices

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

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