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How Does Road Salt Affect the Environment?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 04, 2019

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Written by Industry Expert Emily Mayer, Aquatic Biologist 

Each winter season, municipalities stock up on salt to battle icy roads across the country. Every year during these harsh snow days, an estimated 22 million tons of de-icing salt is applied to major roads and highways throughout the U.S. As snow and ice melt, these road salts then enter our freshwater lakes, ponds and waterways through stormwater runoff. So, what are the environmental effects of road salt on our freshwater resources?

According to developing studies conducted by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, scientists predict that within the next 50 years, our lakes and ponds are susceptible to becoming

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Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Pond Management Best Practices

5 Questions to Ask When Setting Long-term Lake & Pond Management Goals

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 08, 2019

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Written by Industry Expert J. Wesley Allen, Environmental Scientist & Regional Leader

Winter seems to be the time of year that we all think about goals. Whether it’s assessing how successful we were at achieving previously made goals or setting new milestones to achieve, the long cold nights seem to make us all reflect a little more. This time of year is also perfect for evaluating and setting long-term goals for lakes, ponds, and stormwater facilities. As aquatic resource management consultants, these goals are critical to deciding the who, what, when, where, why and how of managing each client’s waterbody.

Setting and exceeding long-term goals for freshwater resources requires the understanding and discussion of many factors. Each waterbody is unique, and each client is unique. In order not to get lost, focusing on the following five factors can make your goals measurable and, ultimately, achievable:

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Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Pond Management Best Practices

Freezing Temps? A De-icer Can Help Protect Your Pond

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 02, 2019

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Written by Industry Expert Joe Holz, International Sales Manager at Kasco Marine

The winter season is here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t utilize and enjoy your waterbody. If you live in a region that experiences freezing temperatures, it’s worth considering a de-icer to help protect docks and fountain equipment, and keep water open for increased winter safety and oxygenation benefits. Never heard of a de-icer? Below are some common uses. 

Kasco de-icers are known for their quality, durability and effectiveness and provide the best performance in ice prevention and property protection. 

Shallow Water De-icing

A de-icer helps prevent pond ice formation throughout the winter by bringing warmer, denser water from the bottom of a waterbody upward to the surface. By positioning a de-icer near the area of greatest depth and mounting it to angle back toward the targeted areas of your waterbody, you can successfully circulate the warmer water in to shallower areas. To do this in tidal waters, you will need to split the difference in water depth, so the de-icer is in shallow water at low tide and deep water at high tide. Another option is to tie your de-icer to a boat or floating dock and allow the boat/dock and de-icer to rise and fall with the tide.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Seasonal Pond Tips

Ponder These Thoughts - Winter Lake and Pond Management Tips

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 13, 2018

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SOLitude Lake Management wants to be certain that your lake or pond is prepared for the coming year. With this in mind, we recommend that you consider the following during the winter months:

  • Review your lake and pond budget and replacement reserve funds to ensure that funds are available for bathymetry to determine if and when you will have a need for hydro-raking or dredging.
  • Evaluate your waterbody to determine if you need to add aeration to meet your management goals and objectives for the new year, and don’t forget to schedule annual maintenance and service for your existing fountains and aeration systems this winter.
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Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

Winter Fountain Maintenance: Time for an Oil & Seals Change?

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 09, 2018

Warwickresort.winterpond.newportnewsVA_DaveR_1.18.15_eYour floating fountain helps to maintain the balance of your pond or lake with constant aeration while providing a pleasing view throughout summer months. As we head into winter, now is the best time to consider scheduling critical maintenance and “TLC” for your fountain, such as an oil and seals maintenance service.

This important fountain maintenance task will ensure that your seals are working as designed, preventing any water from leaking into the unit, and that that your pond fountain is running with clean oil. The oil and seals service includes performing an internal inspection of the power unit (motor and related parts), making any necessary adjustments, replacing any worn parts, and changing the oil, rotary shaft seal, and all related parts. Changing the oil in your fountain works much like changing the oil in your car: the cleaner the oil, the smoother it runs.

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Topics: Aeration, Seasonal Pond Tips

When Disaster Strikes: Designing Your Fishery to Withstand Weather Events

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Sep 24, 2018

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Written by Industry Expert Paul Dorsett, Fisheries Biologist

I could hear his excitement when Mike called requesting a consultation on plans to build ponds and lakes on the ranch he intended to purchase. Upon arrival at the ranch to evaluate the potential for several 1- to 20-acre impoundments, and after consulting a topographic map, I quickly realized Mike’s excitement was about to be severely diminished. The entire area he wanted to develop into scenic lakes and trophy bass fisheries was fed by over 1,600 acres of watershed. This watershed may be suitable for a 150-acre lake in this area but for the relatively small impoundments Mike envisioned, this watershed would have resulted in unmanageable fisheries with expensive and difficult dams to build and maintain. In short, his lakes would have flushed like a Texas tube chute every time a sizable rainfall event occurred.

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Topics: Fisheries Projects, Seasonal Pond Tips

Tips to Stay Safe Around Frozen Lakes & Ponds This Winter

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 04, 2018

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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

Ponder These Thoughts - Fall Lake and Pond Management Tips

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Sep 28, 2017

 
Floating FountainSOLitude Lake Management wants you to be prepared for the Autumn season and all of the wonderful cool weather it brings. With this in mind, we recommend you consider the following tips as you enjoy the colorful fall months on your lake or pond:

• Fall is a good time to think about repairing and maintaining the areas around your lake or pond. Be sure to trim the buffer zone and make certain that it is free of woody vegetation. Repair any eroded areas around your waterbody before they become major issues. Erosion repair can easily be done in the fall months when you can plant and seed the areas to allow for soil stabilization.

• Schedule a bathymetric study as well as a structural inspection of your lake or pond. This will allow for proper budgeting for 

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Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips

Ponder These Thoughts - Fall Management Tips

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 01, 2016

Ponder These Thoughts 2-b.jpgSOLitude Lake Management wants you to be prepared for the Autumn season and all of the wonderful cool weather it brings. With this in mind, we recommend you consider the following tips as you enjoy the colorful fall months on your lake or pond:

• Fall is a good time to think about repairing and maintaining the areas around your lake or pond. Be sure to trim the buffer zone and make certain that it is free of woody vegetation. Repair any eroded areas around your waterbody before they become major issues. Erosion repair can easily be done in the fall months when you can plant and seed the areas to allow for soil stabilization.

• Schedule a bathymetric study as well as a structural inspection of your pond. This will allow for proper budgeting for future dredging and repair of any physical problems with your pond and its related structures.

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Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

Ponder These Thoughts - Spring Pond Management Tips

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 08, 2016

WINNER_for_2016_Spring_Cover_Image_-_SpringScenicPond_Mary_Immaculate_NewportNewsVA_04.15_DerekJ_e.jpgSOLitude 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 or increased nutrient load in the water.

• Be patient if you notice spring algae or green water. Once your waterbody has established a balance, either naturally or with assistance from the SOLitude Lake Management Annual Management Program, algae will clear up.

• Put a natural and effective integrated mosquito management plan into place for your community with surveillance, monitoring, minnow or bluegill stocking and other control methods.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Seasonal Pond Tips

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