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    Back to Basics: Monitoring the Structure of Your Stormwater Pond

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 19, 2021

    HOA Stormwater Pond Scenic

    Written by: Shannon Junior, Ecologist & Sr. Business Development Consultant

    Lakes and ponds can be amazing focal points of our communities. People are innately drawn to water, and local waterbodies create natural spaces to enjoy a morning run, an afternoon walk with the dog, or a neighborhood social event. Many communities that I work with have implemented beautification and habitat enhancement projects for their ponds, and some have even hosted kids fishing derbies or remote control boat races.

    But while maintaining healthy and attractive waterbodies is a priority for most HOAs, the basic structural and functional maintenance activities are frequently overlooked. It’s relatively easy for the average community manager or resident to identify when their stormwater pond is experiencing problems when it’s covered in weeds and algae or when the fish stop biting, but many of the tell-tale signs of structural trouble are more subtle and difficult to identify.

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    Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Stormwater BMPs

    Stormwater Management: Key Points to Passing an Inspection

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 10, 2017

    Written by Industry Expert Trent Nelson, Aquatic Specialist

    Stormwater ManagementStormwater management facilities are man-made structures that help reduce flooding, slow down water flow and clean pollutants from water. It is important to ensure that your stormwater management facilities are functioning properly, especially when it rains.

    Stormwater inspections can vary depending on the state and even municipality in which your stormwater BMP or stormwater control measure (SCM) resides and with newer legislation, strengthened by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, compliance is critical for many property owners and managers. Most inspections follow similar guidelines when determining whether or not the stormwater system is in compliance. The following are a few important key points to help you prepare—and hopefully pass—your next stormwater inspection.

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    Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Stormwater BMPs

    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

    Another Facet Of Pond Maintenance: Structure

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 19, 2012

    By Industry Expert Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist

    describe the imageThe staff members of SOLitude Lake Management that service your ponds throughout the year under an Annual Lake Management Contract are an educated and experienced group of professional ecologists, biologists, and environmental specialists. We are highly qualified to assess and maintain the aesthetic and ecological integrity of your aquatic resources, including water quality monitoring, fish and wildlife habitat management, nuisance vegetation control, and maintenance of fountains and aeration systems. 

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    Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Regulatory Compliance