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Stormwater Facility Management

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Help Ensure Stormwater Pond Compliance with Inspection, Maintenance & Bathymetry

Stormwater facilities (also known as BMPs) are structures that play a vital and multifaceted role in the preservation of our surrounding wetland and aquatic ecosystems. These systems are typically constructed in relation to residential and commercial development infrastructure that increases impervious surfaces and overland stormwater flow. They provide the essential temporary collection of stormwater in order to allow for filtration and basic improvement of water quality (removal of sediment, organic debris, animal waste, fertilizers, and other contaminants/nutrients) before entering natural wetland systems. For this reason, it is critical that these specially designed and constructed systems remain functioning as intended and maintain pond compliance with local, state, and federal stormwater regulations.

  • Controlling Stormwater Pond Algae

Learn About The Clean Water Act

According to the Clean Water Act and the regulations created by the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System, as well as state and local regulatory agencies, it is the responsibility of the property owner (i.e. homeowners associations, golf courses, commercial developments, and industry) to maintain stormwater structures located on their properties. It’s important to remember that pond compliance often differs at both the state and local levels, and can vary based on the type of stormwater structure. To ensure you are meeting the requirements of your jurisdiction and any approved maintenance plans, it’s advantageous to consult with a stormwater management professional. A professional can work with you to identify and avoid common problem areas and develop maintenance solutions that fit your needs and budget. Be sure the consultant you work with is accredited and/or licensed in Stormwater Facility Inspection and Maintenance, is a Certified Compliance Inspector of Water (CCIS), and is a National Stormwater Center Certified Stormwater Inspector.

Stormwater Lake & Pond Facilities Need Proactive Maintenance

Stormwater systems are built to last for decades, but damage can happen, especially after heavy rains. Like a car requires regular examinations to ensure it operates efficiently, the engineered components of your stormwater facility should receive proactive maintenance. The metal, plastic, and cement structures in your stormwater facility should be professionally inspected each year for damage, which may include corrosion, fractures, cracks, and signs of collapse. When small deficiencies are caught early on, they will have very little impact on the structural integrity or overall lifespan of the facility. If stormwater systems are not properly maintained and small problems go unnoticed or are left to worsen, the future consequences and costs can be substantial.

The Most Frequent Stormwater Pond & Lake Compliance Issues

For infiltration basins and bioswales, which often appear to be dry, grassy areas when not holding stormwater, the build-up of sediment is also a common problem. These systems function by filling with stormwater during precipitation events. Bioswales channel the water to a more appropriate location, while infiltration basins allow it to filter directly into the ground. These structures are typically lined with engineered soils or rip-rap, allowing for faster and more effective relocation of the stormwater. But, if left unmanaged, infiltration basins and bioswales can quickly accumulate sediment and become home to deep-rooted vegetation, impairing the designated purpose of the structures and increasing the risk of erosion in the surrounding area. Infiltration basins and bioswales should be consistently evaluated by a professional to help reduce impacts to adjacent ecosystems.

Likewise, one of the most frequent pond compliance issues in stormwater ponds is insufficient volume. If the facility is unable to contain the designated volume of water or release water at the specified rate, it is likely due to system breakdowns or outlet blockages. Within the waterbody, trash and nuisance vegetation can obstruct water flow and increase the level of organic sediment as plants die off and decompose. Woody vegetation and burrowing animals can also produce holes in dams, cause leaks, and weaken the structure. A stormwater management professional can regularly survey the structure and service any areas that have become blocked with trash and organic materials.

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The Build-Up Of Muck Needs Immediate Attention

Likewise, one of the most frequent pond compliance issues in stormwater ponds is insufficient volume. If the facility is unable to contain the designated volume of water or release water at the specified rate, it is likely due to system breakdowns or outlet blockages. Within the waterbody, trash and nuisance vegetation can obstruct water flow and increase the level of organic sediment as plants die off and decompose. Woody vegetation and burrowing animals can also produce holes in dams, cause leaks and weaken the structure. A stormwater management professional can regularly survey the structure and service any areas that have become blocked with trash and organic materials.

The build-up of muck and sediment in these systems must also be addressed. Dredging is a reliable method of restoring depth and volume to stormwater facilities but can be incredibly costly. Bathymetric mapping tools can be utilized by your lake management professional during inspections to determine when dredging may need to take place and the anticipated cost to dredge. Bathymetry is the process whereby the surface of the lake or pond is plotted using GPS lake mapping technology, and each of the GPS points recorded is correlated to the corresponding depth of the waterbody at that specific point. After collecting thousands of surface points with their associated depths, a three-dimensional model of the bottom of the lake can be developed. With this information, the current maximum storage capacity (volume) of the waterbody can be quantified and compared to original design plans to determine how much of the original storage capacity has been displaced by the accumulation of sediment and organic matter.

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Determine Pond Depth With Lake Mapping Or Bathymetry

The build-up of muck and sediment in these systems must also be addressed. Dredging is a reliable method of restoring depth and volume to stormwater facilities but can be incredibly costly. Bathymetric mapping tools can be utilized by your lake management professional during inspections to determine when dredging may need to take place and the anticipated cost to dredge. Bathymetry is the process whereby the surface of the lake or pond is plotted using GPS lake mapping technology, and each of the GPS points recorded is correlated to the corresponding depth of the waterbody at that specific point. After collecting thousands of surface points with their associated depths, a three-dimensional model of the bottom of the lake can be developed. With this information, the current maximum storage capacity (volume) of the waterbody can be quantified and compared to original design plans to determine how much of the original storage capacity has been displaced by the accumulation of sediment and organic matter. In some cases, mechanical hydro-raking or spot dredging can be considered as more budget-friendly sediment-removal options.

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Sediment & Muck Removal Services

This management method is used to increase the depth of waterbodies and remove nutrient-heavy sediments using a backhoe, rake, or scoop.

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Lake Mapping & Bathymetry

Bathymetric mapping involves the use of integrated GPS and depth-sensing technology to create a three-dimensional model of your waterbody.

Consider Working With Us

Understanding the different types of stormwater facilities, the various parts, and the particular regulations associated with your region can be difficult, but it’s up to the property owner to know them and abide by them, or suffer the consequences. Consider working with stormwater management professionals with the knowledge and experience needed to ensure you remain in pond compliance with stormwater management laws and regulations. The long-term care for your stormwater facility will far outweigh the headache—and cost—of non-compliance.

Responsive to Our Needs

SOLitude manages our 28 lakes at our Country Club and we have formed a great partnership with them and in particular Christina and Garrett. They are responsive to our needs and take the time to explain their process and ongoing management plans to staff, board members, and owners as well as answer their questions.

Joe Burden

General Manager, Florida

Professional & Knowledgeable

Working with SOLitude has been a great experience! Their professionalism, knowledge, response, and timing are the qualities that will give you peace of mind.

Rosa Nieves

Community Association Manager, Florida

A Pleasure to Work with SOLitude

For the past 2 years as a member of our neighborhood board, I worked personally with Mitchell of SOLitude Lake Management. Our neighborhood has over 40 lakes & ponds. I can honestly say it was a pleasure to work with this vendor. Mitchell provided weekly updates and as our aquatics expert, he helped educate us and assisted in developing a restorative approach to our lake & pond management. It was a pleasure to work with such a knowledgeable representative. Thanks!

Colette Price

Board Member, Florida

SOLitude Helped Us Achieve Our Community Goals

As the manager of wetlands and open water for my community, I work with SOLitude Lake Management closely. They have helped us define our vision and achieve our goals. Every wetland area and body of water has different uses and different needs. SOLitude understands that and ensures those needs are met all the while keeping the budget in mind. We have annual fishing tournaments and they come out and talk with the anglers, explaining what we’ve done during the past year and what our future steps will be. Management of wildlife and waters is an ongoing and long-term commitment, SOLitude understands this. They have a dedicated staff that not only manages these areas but also helps educate their clients.

Robert Payne

HOA Chairman, Warrenton, VA

December 8, 2014

Reliable and Quick to Respond

SOLitude Lake Management has been managing our lake/stormwater pond, and fountains since 2005. Their team has always been reliable and quick to respond to any issues. They are all very knowledgeable, able to explain what is happening with any situation and find solutions to problems as they arise. Overall, I have been very pleased with their work and would highly recommend them to anyone with lake, pond, and other BMP management needs.

Joan M. Fowler

City of Chesapeake, VA

The SOLitude Team Is Absolutely Fabulous!

SOLitude consistently provides top-notch customer service and performance, whether it is over the phone or in person on-site. My questions are always answered promptly by your professional and knowledgeable staff. The SOLitude Team is absolutely fabulous!

Dawn Guappone, CMCA

Bridgeville, DE

SOLitude Helped Relieve the Pressure of Maintaining My Pond

Working with the team from SOLitude Lake Management took away the pressure of dealing with an issue that I had never specialized in. The knowledge of everyone involved helped keep the process moving, from engineering to local code compliance. They knew the course that needed to be taken and it was implemented in a timely manner, causing the project to come to completion well within our expectations.

Paul Watts

Wilmington, DE

Hat’s Off to SOLitude!

SOLitude Lake Management has consistently performed to a high standard within the three communities they currently service for my clients. Whether it is routine maintenance or a major issue, I can always be assured that when I call or email we will have almost immediate communication and actionable timelines. In a busy industry such as this one, having someone that stays in touch is critical and appreciated. Hat’s off to SOLitude for a job well done!

Lisa Wagner

Community Manager, Richmond, VA

We Are In Good Hands with SOLitude

We were presented with the challenge of dealing with our stormwater basin, which is regulated by EPA standards that we were not familiar with. SOLitude came in and guided us through the entire process. Our basin went from an eyesore to a spectacular main selling point for our community. We are in good hands with SOLitude and cannot thank them enough!

Dawn Crawford

HOA President, PA

SOLitude Provided the Perfect Solution

Our Club was more interested in a mechanical removal approach to our weed problem versus a broad-spectrum chemical treatment. Jeff Castellani and his team developed a plan that was well suited for our environmentally sensitive location. The mechanical hydro-raking service that SOLitude provided was the perfect solution and worked very well in our shallow irrigation pond… We look forward to working with Jeff and his professional staff in the coming years.

Tom Colombo

Private Golf Club, Hyannis Port, MA

Our Fishery Is In It’s Best Condition Ever

Thank you to SOLitude for all your help at our Fishing Club. Our hydrilla problem is practically non-existent now. The fish survey you completed for us, the recommendations on slot sizes, and the stocking and feeding program you developed are producing outstanding results. Our club’s fishery is in the best condition it has ever been! Your presentation to our stockholders at our annual meeting was extremely well received. We are getting ready to enhance our fish attractors as suggested. We appreciate that a management program was developed that fits within our budget and that you are available to talk with us when we have questions. We look forward to continuing our association with SOLitude.

John McCracken

Fishing Club President, West Point, VA

February 23, 2015

A Huge Improvement with SOLitude

I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the results of the algae treatment. We noticed a huge improvement very quickly, and at this point, the pond looks really, really great. Also, the fish are thriving – some of the bass are over a foot, and the Bluegills have also gotten big. We are just thrilled. Thank you so much for your responsiveness.

Gwen Goodkin

Private Landowner, Charlottesville, VA

June 16, 2015

From an Eyesore to Thriving Ecosystem

In one season, SOLitude Lake Management turned the two lakes on my Virginia property from dead, weed-infested, eyesores into thriving, fish-filled, ecosystems – and they have maintained them as such ever since!

Angus Yates

Private Landowner, Middleburg, VA

September 17, 2015

Pleased with the Quality of Service

We’ve been working with SOLitude Lake Management since 2009 when an aggressive aquatic weed was becoming a problem and taking over our pond. The staff of SOLitude Lake Management identified the weed and treated the pond promptly with much success. Since that time, our ponds have been monitored monthly by their competent staff and precautions have been taken so that the pond weeds do not get out of control. We are pleased with the quality of service and their effort to work with us towards an organic approach to keeping our ponds healthy.

Marcie Weigelt

Hockessin, DE

Thank You from Camp Holiday Trails

Thank you for coordinating the restoration effort for our pond and donating labor for the aerator installation and watermeal treatment. This will ensure that hundreds of kids with special medical needs, and those who have the honor, joy, and inspiration of working with them, will benefit from the Camp Holiday Trails experience this year!

Tina LaRoche

Charlottesville, VA

Top Notch Service

When one of our stormwater BMPs was overtaken by phragmites, we called SOLitude for treatment. From the bidding process to the follow-up, the service we received was top-notch. A year later, the Phragmites have still not returned. Considering how invasive this species is, this is quite an accomplishment!

Leah Aguilar

Operations Superintendent, York County, VA

Got Ponds Back Into Shape

We have 5 water features on the property and before SOLitude Lake Management came, our ponds were full of algae and aquatic weeds, looking very unhealthy. In the past 7 years, SOLitude has cleaned out our ponds and got them back into shape making them look like amazing water features as they should be.

Aaron Tenley

Supervisor, Leisure World of Maryland, Silver Spring, MD

Taken A Huge Burden Off My Shoulders

We used to struggle with many different issues on holes 15, 16, and 17 at our Country Club. It was not uncommon for us to see algae blooms appear out of nowhere along one of the most important focal points of the course. Since SOLitude Lake Management has been taking care of the pond for us, we have had very few issues with the aesthetic qualities of our pond. SOLitude has taken a huge burden off of my shoulders and now I don’t even have to worry about the appearance of our pond

Keith Wood

Golf Superintendent, Greensboro, NC

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