Is your organization’s lake or pond unhealthy and in dire need of ecological restoration? Are recreational activities limited due to nuisance algae and aquatic weeds? SOLitude Lake Management would like to help your non-profit charity or foundation restore ecological balance and truly Love Your Lake through our community outreach program, The SOLution!
Since the inception of the Love Your Lake program, we have restored a fishing pond at a home for children in distress and several recreational lakes at camps for children and veterans, many with special needs. To be considered for our program, submit your charity’s story for the chance to win a FREE Lake Makeover.
In 2013, SOLitude Lake Management teamed up with two industry manufacturers to help a camp for children with special needs. The mission of Camp Holiday Trails in Charlottesville, Virginia is to provide outdoor experiences for kids with chronic illnesses with a fun and safe experience in a medically-supervised environment.
Unfortunately, the fishing lake at the camp experienced severe sedimentation and nutrient enrichment problems, which led to water quality impairment, and an infestation with an invasive plant called watermeal. This completely limited the children and counselor’s recreational use of the lake. A series of herbicide treatments as well as submersed aeration was added to the waterbody and the lake was restored back to a healthy state. SOLitude Lake Management provided all of the labor and equipment necessary to perform the required work, but none of this would have been possible without the manufacturers who very generously donated all of the aquatic herbicides necessary to complete the treatment and the properly sized aeration system needed to aerate the lake effectively.
“[Your] restoration effort will help ensure that hundreds of kids with special needs, and those who have the honor, joy and inspiration of working with them, will benefit from the Camp Holiday Trails experience this year,” said Tina LaRoche, Executive Director of Camp Holiday Trails.
Camp Grom - Virginia Beach, Virginia
In 2018, SOLitude’s outreach efforts assisted JT’s YMCA Camp Grom, a 70-acre, beach-style adventure camp designed to welcome everyone, including wounded veterans, families of the fallen and adults and children with ALS, disabilities or special needs.
SOLitude stepped up to help create the lake of every adventurer’s dreams. With the help of our team and dedicated vendors, we were able to install a submersed diffused aeration system and stock over 700 fish in the lake. Fish cover and an automatic fish feeder was installed alongside the waterbody in hopes of establishing a productivefishing spot for children and their families. Stocked with a year of food, the feeder will help create a foundation of big, healthy fish.
The lake officially opened for use during Camp Grom’s launch in June 2018. As part of SOLitude’s donation, Camp Grom will benefit from an annual lake management program for a total of five years, ensuring the beauty and safety of the waterbody. In total, SOLitude and partners contributed more than $50,000 in goods and in-kind services to Camp Grom.
Lancaster Children's Home - Lancaster, South Carolina
In 2016, SOLitude helped restore a pond at Lancaster Children’s Home in Lancaster, South Carolina. The Lancaster Children’s Home provides kids in distress a safe haven in which to work on the issues that have caused them to be placed in an out-of-home environment. All money raised by the organization goes directly to the children for food, housing and clothing. SOLitude and industry partner Nufarm teamed-up to treat the pond which is infested with the aquatic weed, watermeal, so that children at the home can use it for fishing and other recreational activities.
VFW Post 637, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organization in Hopewell, Virginia, was the recipient of a SOLitude lake makeover. The waterbody was infested with nuisance aquatic weeds, specifically Brazilian elodea, which negatively impacted the ecology of the pond and made it difficult for fish and other aquatic life to thrive. SOLitude joined forces with two key industry partners to perform a series of water quality enhancing treatments. The restoration efforts have allowed veterans and their families to have access to a cleaner waterbody that can once again be enjoyed for fishing.
“As a member of the VFW Post 637 and on behalf of our membership, we would like to express our sincere appreciation,” said Jim Cooper, property manager of the VFW Post. “It is awesome to see companies such as SOLitude Lake Management and their partners support our nation’s veterans and their families.”
The SOLution is a company-wide program that encourages the company and all employees to strive to “create a better world” through volunteerism, community outreach, sustainability and environmental consciousness. SOLitude’s company leadership feels it is important to not only be good stewards of the environment and good corporate citizens, but also to fulfill company core values to “take action and be accountable” and to “protect and respect nature.”
In support of our belief that lakes and ponds are a precious natural resource requiring protection, SOLitude is committed to providing sustainable and renewable solutions that maintain ecological balance in the workplace and beyond.
When you partner with SOLitude, a dedicated field technician visits your lake or pond twice a month, leveraging extensive knowledge and training to carefully maintain ecological balance and preserve the appearance of your aquatic property.
Utilizing the latest GPS aquatic mapping technology and our own proprietary lake and pond management software, the experts at SOLitude collect all the data necessary to provide comprehensive analysis and in-depth solutions.