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    Protect Essential Water Resources in Our Communities

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 23, 2020

    In addition to serving as a space for peace and natural solitude in the face of coronavirus (COVID-19), our lakes, ponds and wetlands are an investment. One of the best ways to enjoy and protect these essential resources is by ensuring the progress you have made towards your freshwater goals is not reversed. Ongoing proactive management through the upcoming spring and summer months will prevent serious and costly problems from developing that could be detrimental to the health of the waterbody, as well as the surrounding community:

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    Topics: SOLitude News, Pond Management Best Practices, Seasonal Pond Tips

    SOLitude’s Heart & SOL Award Honors Top Volunteer of 2019

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 05, 2020

    Jim Sheeran

    Following another successful year of volunteering and community outreach efforts through The SOLution program, SOLitude Lake Management is excited to announce that the company’s annual Heart & SOL recognition was awarded to Aquatic Specialist Jim Sheeran of Southwest Florida (second from left). 

    The Heart & SOL award recognizes one individual within the company each year who goes above and beyond in personal volunteering, inspiring others, and displaying a true commitment and passion for making the world a better place. Sheeran was selected for his never-ending dedication to supporting charitable initiatives in his local community of Fort Myers.

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    Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

    SOLitude and BioSafe Systems Improve Pond with Organic Management Tool

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 03, 2020

    A Florida community in the Greater Tampa area is home to a bird rookery, giving it an up close look at the unique species that call the property home. Wood storks, great egrets, snowy egrets, great blue herons and white ibis are enjoyed by residents and local bird watchers alike. However, this exciting window into nature is accompanied by a severe nutrient loading problem. Over the years, watershed inputs, recurring bird feedings, and bird droppings from the trees above the 2-acre community pond have created imbalanced water quality conditions that support the growth of unrelenting algae and cyanobacteria blooms. In addition to causing an eyesore, these harmful blooms are known to create toxins that can threaten the rare wildlife and endanger the health of community members.

    The bird species that live on the property are protected, making long-term management of the undesirable blooms a challenge. The community chooses to avoid many traditional solutions to ensure the natural characteristics of the ecosystem are maintained year-round. Often, this commitment means sacrificing the aesthetic beauty of the property. However, in 2019, SOLitude Lake Management introduced an alternative option to the community - one that aligns with the environmental principles of the residents while also nurturing the health and appearance of the aquatic environment.

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    Topics: SOLitude News, Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Aquatic Products

    SOLitude Establishes Long Island Presence Through Acquisition

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 27, 2020

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    The nation's largest freshwater management firm has established an official presence in Long Island, NY, through the acquisition of The Pond Guy, Inc.

    SOLitude Lake Management is an industry-leading environmental firm providing turn-key lake, stormwater pond, wetland and fisheries management solutions to clients in more than 36 states. The rebranding of The Pond Guy, which will be officially completed in April, further expands SOLitude’s nationwide presence in the state of New York and across the East Coast.

    Founded in 1998 by owner Joe Kastalek, The Pond Guy, Inc. is one of the original lake and pond management companies to serve Long Island's Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Westchester, and New York City's five Boroughs. Kastalek's team specializes in a broad range of freshwater management services, including fountain and aeration system design, aquatic plant and algae management, wetland remediation, mosquito control, and fish stocking.

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    Topics: SOLitude News, Published Articles

    Meet the Experts: Wildlife and Fisheries Scientist Dylan Kwak

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 04, 2020

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    1. Tell us about your background and industry expertise.
    I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University (CSU) in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. While working towards my degree, I gained career experience with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fisheries Cooperation Unit at CSU sampling streams and aging Brook Trout at high elevation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Unit adding data to the internal database. I started working with SOLitude in Bryan, TX and then transferred back home to Colorado for a few years. I recently returned to Texas to continue my current role as a Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist and company Video Ambassador. In addition to my career, I am furthering my education as a Fisheries and Aquatic Science graduate candidate at the University of Florida.

    2. What do you love most about your job?
    The best part of my job is being proud of what I do. Actively managing and improving a freshwater system is one of my passions. The nutrients, plants, fish and other unique characteristics in an ecosystem can affect every lake or pond within that watershed. When you change one aspect of an ecosystem, you change the entire way the system operates. When someone asks me what I do, I'm proud to say that I better our lakes and ponds which, in turn, can help improve our water resources as a whole.

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    Topics: SOLitude News

    Industry Experts Make a Positive Impact in Volunteer Leadership Roles

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 04, 2020

    Industry Professionals

    SOLitude Lake Management is proud to recognize many of our nationwide colleagues for their new or recurring volunteer leadership roles with prestigious industry organizations across the country. SOLitude employs some of the most experienced and well-connected professionals in the freshwater management industry who share the same goal of making water a more healthy and beautiful part of our world through sustainable lake, stormwater pond, wetland and fisheries management.

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    Topics: SOLitude News

    Volunteer of the Quarter Makes An Impact in Massachusetts

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 23, 2020

    Volunteer of the Quarter

    Through SOLitude’s corporate volunteering and community outreach program, The SOLution, the company has named Customer Service Representative Becky Snyder of Shrewsbury, MA as Volunteer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2019. Becky organized and participated in an array of volunteer events from October through December.

    As a Volunteer Team Captain, Becky plays an active role in coordinating initiatives for SOLitude’s New England office. She coordinated the details of the company’s Little GOBBLERs efforts during Thanksgiving by identifying schools throughout the region that would benefit most from the donation of turkeys and grocery store gift cards. Likewise, she played a vital role in SOLitude’s HOLiday Cheer efforts by coordinating the collection of gifts for children at Shriner’s Hospital and those involved in the Toys for Tots program.

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    Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

    Volunteers Contribute Thousands of Hours Through The SOLution

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jan 16, 2020

    SOLution

    SOLitude Lake Management is excited to announce another successful year in the history of the company's dedicated volunteering and community outreach program, The SOLution. The SOLution fosters SOLitude's core company values by encouraging and rewarding volunteerism, activism, outreach and fundraising. Since the program was established in 2012, SOLitude's employees, partners and their families have generated more than 16,877 volunteer hours and donated $518,855 to charitable organizations and causes throughout the country.

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    Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

    We Need Your Help to Give The Gift of Clean Drinking Water

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 23, 2019

    For over two decades, SOLitude has focused on improving access to safe, healthy water in the U.S. through sustainable management solutions. In 2019, we expanded this mission to help aid developing countries through charity: water, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to introducing clean water resources to people across the world. 

    Please follow us on each of our social media channels below to help provide 100 deserving people with a lifetime of access to clean drinking water through this impactful organization. Already following SOLitude? You can help by sharing our message with your network and inviting family and friends to follow our social accounts. Your support will make all the difference.

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    Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution

    HOLiday Cheer Program Provides Gifts and Support to Deserving Families

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Dec 18, 2019

    SOLitude Lake Management

    This holiday season, SOLitude Lake Management has continued its annual HOLiday Cheer efforts through The SOLution, the company's corporate volunteering and community outreach program. This month, SOLitude donated $8,634 worth of toys, clothes and other necessities to hospitalized children as well as eight under-resourced families throughout the country, bringing total donations through this impactful program to $46,174 since its inception in 2012. In addition, SOLitude’s Massachusetts and Virginia Beach offices helped collect $6,600 worth of donated gifts from the surrounding community for Toys for Tots and Noblemen’s Toy Drive.

    The HOLiday Cheer families “adopted” this year reside in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Florida, Texas and Arizona. The families, which include 24 total children, were selected by SOLitude colleagues and school guidance counselors based on nominations showing a true need for support during a time of financial and emotional hardship. SOLitude and colleagues generously purchased $6,474 worth of gifts from the children’s wish lists to include items such as coats, shoes, games, books and sports gear. Each family also received gift cards to purchase additional household items and groceries for the holiday season.

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    Topics: SOLitude News, The SOLution