Aquatics in Brief Newsletters


Lake Management: Don’t Feed the Wildlife!

March 26th, 2019

Written by Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist A few years back in the spring, residents of South Hampton, NH found six dead deer in a suburban lot. Several biologists and a game warden then investigated the site and found six more. The deer had not been shot or killed by predators, nor had they starved […]

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Invasive Species Highlight: Torpedograss

November 27th, 2018

Many southern states experienced Torpedograss infestations this year. Torpedograss (Panicum littorale), also known as quack grass and bullet grass, is an invasive species that was first introduced to the United States in 1876 near Mobile, Alabama. It has since spread throughout the South. Torpedograss is a perennial grass, and the first step to proper control […]

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Mischievous Mammals: Are Muskrats, Beavers & Otters Harmful to Ponds?

September 10th, 2018

Written by Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist As an ecologist, I field questions on topics ranging from the lifespan of a tadpole to the best way to defend koi against the ravages of a great blue heron. Of all the animals I am asked about, however, three mammals probably produce the most concern and curiosity: […]

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Case Study: Volumetric Approach to Managing Giant Salvinia Successful

July 23rd, 2018

Written by Industry Experts Paul Dorsett, Fisheries Biologist, and Keith Gazaille, Director of Lake Management – North and Mid-Atlantic Flag Lake is a 664-acre lake located on Barksdale Airforce Base near Bossier City, Louisiana. The lake is relatively shallow, averaging less than four feet deep, and serves as a valuable aquatic resource to the base […]

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Ponder These Thoughts – Spring Management Tips

March 22nd, 2018

SOLitude Lake Management wants your lake or pond to be pre­pared for warm weather. With this in mind, we recommend that you consider the following during the spring months: Have your lake or pond’s water quality professionally tested. Find out early in the season if there is an imbalance in the water. Put a natural […]

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Feet First: Polio Disability No Match for Fly Fishing Enthusiast

March 13th, 2018

When people say fly fishing is difficult, 68-year-old Marty Loudder challenges them to try it with their feet. Longtime SOLitude client Martha “Marty” Loudder is far from average. She’s a successful Professor of Accounting and Associate Dean at Texas A&M, where she oversees 4,500 undergraduate students. She’s an avid fly-fisherwoman, who takes yearly trips to […]

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Nuisance Species Highlight: Bladderwort

February 22nd, 2018

Bladderwort (Utricularia spp.) is a genus of carnivorous aquatic plants consisting of more than 200 species. The submersed free-floating plants utilize bladder-like traps (0.2mm-1.2cm) to capture small prey, including mosquito larvae. Hundreds of traps cover the plant’s 4- to 10-inch stem, which can be topped by yellow or lavender flowers. Due to its lack of […]

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Ponder These Thoughts – Summer Pond Management Tips

July 24th, 2017

SOLitude Lake Management wants your lake or pond to be prepared for warm weather. With this in mind, we recommend that you consider the following during the summer months: • Warm summer weather seems to bring out the best and the worst in ponds. Although pond algae and aquatic weeds seem to be more abundant […]

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The Importance of Lake and Pond Aeration Systems

July 20th, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Greg Blackham, Aquatic Specialist Choosing the correct aeration delivery system for your lake or pond is one of the most important decisions you will make for the long-term health and balance of your waterbody. Regardless of how big or small your waterbody is, the goal of an aeration system is to […]

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