Lake and pond management is a complex field that presents never-ending puzzles and surprising challenges. Like a fingerprint, no two bodies of water are exactly the same—and they are always in a state of continuous change based on how the water is used, the surroundings, and even the weather. When diagnosing and designing a solution for a problem like bad odors or nuisance algae growth, professionals take all of this information into account, but it doesn’t provide a complete picture of what’s going on below the surface.
A professional assessment is the first step to achieve a comprehensive view of your waterbody’s health. Think of this as a physical for your waterbody. An array of scientific tests are conducted to check its vitals and establish an initial baseline of health. Over time, the comprehensive scientific data can be used to:
SOLitude offers a variety of waterbody assessment options. Each package includes creation of a customized, comprehensive report for you and your stakeholders. Your freshwater management professional can help you determine which package is most appropriate based on the history of the waterbody, as well as your unique goals and budget:
Gain invaluable insights into the health and longevity of your freshwater resource. Leverage new algae identification methods and advanced laboratory work to predict and circumvent water quality problems while cutting down on long-term costs.
Dive into the unique characteristics of your lake or pond. This essential data can be used to identify underlying problems and tap in to the specific needs of your waterbody with custom solutions.
Gain a baseline understanding of what's happening below the surface of your waterbody. This key information will help put you on the right path towards the achievement of your lake or pond goals.
Additional pond and lake water quality tests are available to further customize any of our three assessment packages. Ask your Aquatic Specialist if these tests should be considered for your waterbody.
Additional water quality tests include:
Apparent Color, Chloride, Chlorophyll-a, Conductivity, Particulate Organic Matter, Phosphate, Salinity, Sediment Organic Matter, Total Dissolved Solids, Total Hardness, Total Iron, Total Suspended Solids, True Color and Turbidity.
Lake assessments are accompanied by professional reports that guide the creation of custom management plans that fulfill your waterbody's unique needs. Every 1-2 years, or as the need arises, these tests may be repeated to track changes and identify areas of potential concern. SOLitude also offers the very latest in GPS surface mapping, bathymetry, and 3-D contour imaging services, which can further aid in the creation of personalized water quality management plans.
In addition to minimizing the longer and more costly process of trial and error that is required when information is limited, these detailed reports provide tangible evidence of improved water quality and cost-benefit ratios—so you can ensure your investment is worth it.
Once your assessment package is selected, a trained aquatic specialist will visit your property to take samples and send them to the lab for analysis by water quality biologists. Reports will be delivered via email and one of our experts will follow up to review the results. Based on the analysis, SOLitude is ready to work with you to determine steps that can be taken to address any potential issues and recommend sustainable management solutions including lake and pond aeration, nutrient remediation, and shoreline and buffer management to help keep your waterbody healthy and beautiful.
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.