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    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

    Winter Safety Tips From a Pond Management Expert

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 12, 2016

    Written by Industry Expert, Gavin Ferris, Ecologist 
     

    Fountain_through_ice_3HP_Otterbine_PhillyPA_02.15_GavinF_e.jpgMy cousins, brother, and I watched the old Farmall tractor putter out onto the ice. When it stopped at the center of the farm pond, my uncle climbed down from the seat, walked around, and jumped up and down in a few places. He then struck the ice several times with a golf club, returned to the tractor, and drove back off of the ice. Having supported the weight of the farm tractor and my uncle’s frame, and having withstood the savage blows he rained upon it, the ice was declared to be safe and we were allowed to start skating. I never did ask how he planned to get the tractor out of the pond if the ice had given way.

    Venturing onto a frozen body of water is a dangerous enterprise, and should only be attempted when the ice is known to be thick, strong and solid. Even then, it is imperative to consider liability issues, emergency plans and preparation. Right now, we are seeing temperatures that are colder than usual. As a result, many ponds that usually freeze only lightly, if at all, now have a thick layer of ice over their surfaces. This may seem like an ideal time for neighborhood skating parties and impromptu outdoor hockey games, but I urge you to take extreme caution and think carefully before you let people out onto the ice.

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    Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Stormwater BMPs

    Ponder These Thoughts: Winter Pond and Lake Management Tips

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 12, 2016

    08_winter_pond_1_e2.jpgSOLitude Lake Management wants to be certain that your lake or pond is prepared for 2016. With this in mind, we recommend that you consider the following during the winter months:

    • Review your lake/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 2016, and don’t forget to schedule annual maintenance and service for your existing fountains and aeration systems this winter.
    • Think ahead to spring and pesky mosquitoes. Keep them at bay by setting up an Integrated Pest Management plan to include surveillance, source reduction, larviciding, minnow stocking, monitoring and more.
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    Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

    The Benefits of Winter Lake and Pond Aeration

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 17, 2015

    Written by Industry Expert, Jason Luce, Lake Management Scientist, Fisheries & Wildlife Scientist and Certified Lake Manager

    Pond_with_Snow_TownleyFarms_Amherst_VA_MattP_eAerating lakes and ponds as a management tool began as early as the 1950s and was initially used during the winter months to reduce the probability of a fish kill. Later in the 1960s, the idea of aerating your lake to control eutrophication effects and to improve water quality began to take hold. The concept of aeration is a fairly simple one. Aeration introduces compressed air through a diffuser at depth, and causes water to be welled up by a rising plume of air bubbles. Surface aeration is another method that typically uses an impeller, forcing air and water from the surface of your pond or lake upwards, landing on the surface waters, increasing the diffusion of oxygen into your pond or lake (fountain aeration). Aeration has become a widely used and accepted lake management tool to increase dissolved oxygen levels within a waterbody, but as an effective tool it must be utilized correctly during the summer AND winter months.

    So why aerate during the winter? Well let’s take a closer look at what is really going on in your pond during these colder months and use our findings to understand the cause of a dreaded fish kill.

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    Topics: Aeration, Seasonal Pond Tips

    Ponder These Thoughts - Fall Lake Management Tips

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Sep 29, 2015

    Fall Scenic_Pond ManagementSOLitude 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 pond management tips as you enjoy the colorful fall months on your lake or pond:

    • Schedule a Bathymetric and Sedimentation 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.
    • Fall is a good time to think about repairing and maintaining the areas around your pond. Be sure to trim the buffer zone and make certain that it is free of any woody vegetation. Repair any eroded areas around your pond before they become major issues. Erosion repair can easily be done in the fall months when you can overseed and apply an erosion blanket to allow for soil stabilization until the new seed germinates.
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    Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

    Ponder These Thoughts – Summer Pond Management Tips

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 30, 2015

    Merrifields_Kids_Fishing_Keswick_VA_07.13_19_eSOLitude Lake Management wants your pond to be prepared for warm weather. With this in mind, we recommend that you consider the following during the summer months:

    • Warm summer weather seems to bring out the best and the worst in ponds. Although pond algae and aquatic weeds seem to be more abundant at this time of year, a year-round maintenance plan is the best way to ensure a healthy pond all year long.

    • Summer is the perfect time to think about pond aeration. The warmer water temperatures can be detrimental to the overall health of your pond. Increase oxygen, reduce stagnation and stratification, and prevent algae, mosquito breeding, fish kills and many other water quality problems with a properly sized aeration system.

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    Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

    Ponder These Thoughts – Spring Pond Management Tips

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 31, 2015

    Spring

    SOLitude Lake Management wants your lake or stormwater 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 stormwater pond’s water quality professionally tested. Find out early in the season if there is an imbalance in the water so you can get ahead of it. Think proactive, not reactive for long term cost-savings!

    • Install a floating fountain or submersed diffused aeration system to help balance water quality and enhance aesthetics throughout the growing season.
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    Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

    Year-Round Pond Fountains

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 19, 2015

    Written by Greg Blackham, Aquatic Specialist

    floating fountainYour pond fountain is one of the greatest assets to your pond and community. It provides an attractive display of water and lights year-round while also providing your pond with essential aeration and circulation. As you get further north where temperatures tend to be much lower in the winter season, ponds freeze much faster and the ice gets much thicker. This colder weather can prevent the year-round benefits of running the fountain. Many communities even have to remove their fountains from the water until warmer conditions return.

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    Topics: Aeration, Seasonal Pond Tips

    Ponder These Thoughts – Winter Pond Management Tips

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 13, 2015

    Winter_scenic_pond_Trivium_Lynchburg_VA_cSOLitude Lake Management wants to be certain that your pond is prepared for 2015. With this in mind, we recommend that you consider the following during the winter months:

    • Review your lake/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 dredging.

    • Evaluate your pond and determine if you need to add aeration to meet your management goals and objectives for 2015, and don’t forget to schedule annual maintenance and service for your fountains and aeration systems this winter.

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    Topics: Seasonal Pond Tips, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

    Pond Aeration Tips and Maintenance Reminder for Fall and Winter

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 23, 2014

    FALL/WINTER FOUNTAIN MAINTENANCE

    Winter_fountains_at_The_Rotunda_3.25.14_c_(3)Routine maintenance is imperative for ensuring that your floating fountains operate properly, and helps to minimize the need for more expensive fountain repairs and replacement in the future. An “Oil & Seals Change” maintenance service should be part of the maintenance program for your floating fountain every two to three years, depending on the size of the unit. The 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.

    The cost to perform the routine “Oil & Seals Change” maintenance service is determined by the size of the fountain. We recommend that you schedule this service in the fall and winter months so that the fountain is not out of the water during the warmer months when the aeration benefits that it provides are so crucial to the health of your pond.

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    Topics: Aeration, Seasonal Pond Tips