Location and Acreage:
Boyce, VA | 5.5-Acres
2016 to 2017
Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant
This property was previously a cattle farm, but is now used primarily as a private weekend recreational residence. The owner is an avid angler and hired SOLitude Lake Management to develop a Fisheries Management Plan for the lake.
Scope of Work:
When we first visited the pond in 2015, it was about 75% covered with spatterdock, and also had frequent planktonic algae blooms. The pond experiences very low flow during the summer months, has no aeration, and becomes hypoxic throughout most of the water column.
We began managing the spatterdock in 2016, and selected an environmentally sensitive aquatic product for the treatment. We performed a treatment on April 15th when the plants began to appear. The plants exhibited symptoms of treatment within two weeks, and most of them were completely dead within six weeks. We did perform three follow-up foliar treatments for regrowth in some areas later in the season. In 2017, the regrowth has been minimal, and we have been able to easily manage the plants with foliar treatments.
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.