Invasive Species Management with Drone Technology
SOLitude is committed to implementing new technologies and innovations that help us continue to propel the lake management industry forward with more eco-friendly, efficient, and long-lasting freshwater management approaches. Drone technology is one solution that not only provides effective and efficient applications but does so without harming our sensitive eco-systems.
SOLitude is one of the first to adapt aerial drone services for the management of lakes and ponds. In contrast to hobbyist drones, our unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are custom-built by Leading Edge Aerial Technologies, Inc. for professional applications. Each drone exhibits a 6ft wingspan and is equipped with superior GPS navigation features that allow our licensed operators to pre-program flight routes with precise maneuverability.
Drones In Action
These advanced features are used to complete herbicide treatments remotely and more efficiently than ever before to manage nuisance and invasive aquatic plants such as water hyacinth and giant salvinia, as well as upland buffer species like cattails and Phragmites australis. These species are best managed when growth is identified early, and aerial drones can help optimize product usage, maximize funds, and limit the impact of herbicides on non-target species.
Furthermore, drones are capable of supporting our team of scientists and aquatic experts by providing another unique view of an aquatic ecosystem. Surveillance, data collection, and mapping capabilities can be completed in areas that are normally inaccessible to ATVs and ground specialists or unsafe to enter due to precarious terrain, the presence of endangered species, or the threat of dangerous animals like snakes and alligators. SOLitude is not only dedicated to preserving the health of the environment, we are committed to the protection of our colleagues. We are excited to use drones to further support the safety of our teams and enhance results for our clients.
Drones and Mosquito Management
SOLitude Lake Management is proud to partner with our sister company, Vector Disease Control International (VDCI), to provide mosquito and midge management. VDCI has been providing aerial application services for over 20 years, and like SOLitude, they have expanded their toolbox of solutions to provide drone aerial applications for both adult and larval mosquito control.
VDCI’s team of experts partner with our Aquatic Specialists to determine the best strategy to control nuisance and potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes on your property. Learn more about VDCI’s mosquito management experience and how our teams are joining together to help protect public health.
Beyond drones, we continue to maintain and advance our other industry solutions. Oxygen Saturation Technology is a new premium water quality management solution that targets lake anoxia and water quality problems at the source – the sediment. This game-changing tool is an essential development because it allows us to support your water resources in a way that’s never been possible until now.
Another recent innovation that leverages the power of compressed air is aquatic bubble curtains, which help protect specific areas in lakes, canals, and marinas where floating weeds and trash pose a problem. Air compressors based on land create a wall of rising bubbles that impede debris from entering designated areas, while still allowing boats and wildlife to pass freely. Bubble curtains can also reduce bad odors and muck build-up by helping to prevent the water quality conditions that fuel these issues.Water quality problems can also be prevented by recurring professional assessments through our in-house lab. The data collected over time is analyzed to identify potential imbalances and implement sustainable management techniques before they get out of hand. This is one of the most effective ways to prevent the onset of algae, toxic cyanobacteria, invasive aquatic plants, and other undesirable characteristics.
The Importance of Integrated Management
While each tool in our toolbox is important, most cannot stand alone. A layered management approach will encourage the most impactful and long-lasting results. Beneficial bacteria, optimized herbicides, nutrient remediation products like Phoslock, Alum, and Biochar, and many other tools play an equal role in our suite of advanced technologies and equipment.
Drones are just one of many exciting developments that underscore SOLitude’s commitment to pushing our industry towards a more sustainable, cost-effective, and technologically advanced future, and we are excited to make this technology available to clients as needs arise. This commitment is upheld by our belief that beautiful, well-balanced waterbodies promote good health, happiness, and meaningful experiences in our communities.