Best Management Practices for Lakes & Ponds

What You Need to Know About Pond Management as a New Property Manager

Taking on the new role of property manager for a homeowners association or residential community can be an exciting yet challenging venture. It involves navigating through a myriad of new information, understanding community dynamics, and ensuring operations continue to run smoothly during the transition period. One aspect of community management that often surprises new property managers is the complexity of community lakes and stormwater ponds.

Ponds play an important role in communities

When it comes to maintaining healthy, beautiful aquatic ecosystems, there is a lot more than meets the eye, and it can be overwhelming to learn that poorly managed waterbodies are a big source of complaints among residents. Stormwater ponds are important functional resources that collect rainwater, filter pollutants, and prevent flooding during storms. Improperly maintained equipment can lead to damaged community infrastructure and have devastating financial consequences.

5 facts you need to know about pond management

Community managers must become well-versed in the unique challenges of pond maintenance and learn effective strategies to preserve the longevity of these resources. Effective management is not only crucial from a functional perspective, but it is also an impactful way to enhance the value and desirability of a community. Lakes and ponds offer much more than just a pleasant sight for passersby – they have the potential to be community focal points for fishing, nature watching, picnics, and other activities. Here are five key facts you should know as you begin your new pond management journey.

1. Most community ponds are man-made

First, it’s important to understand that most community waterbodies are man-made. In urban spaces, there are few areas where water can naturally be absorbed into the ground. Instead, it flows over roads, sidewalks, and other impervious surfaces. Stormwater ponds prevent flooding by safely redirecting water to nearby streams, rivers, or lakes.

2. No two waterbodies are the same

Ponds are constantly changing and influenced by dozens of factors, including weather patterns, sunlight, topography, land use, their depth and size, and even wildlife that are present in and around the waterbody. Because no two waterbodies are the same, a one-size-fits-all management program is less likely to help you achieve your goals; strategies that work for a pond in another community may not work for yours, so it’s important to develop a custom plan that supports the unique characteristics of your waterbody.

3. Ponds “age” naturally, but human activity is accelerating this process

Over time, lakes and ponds undergo a natural aging process called eutrophication, where they accumulate nutrients like phosphorus. However, human activities can accelerate this process through poor agricultural and landscaping practices, urban development, fertilizer use, and pollution stemming from trash, detergents, sewage, pet waste, and motor oil. Stormwater ponds that become inundated with excess nutrients are more likely to develop nuisance aquatic weeds, algae, and toxic cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). It’s important to educate community members about these nutrient pollution sources so they can make responsible choices that support healthy community waterbodies.

4. Shoreline maintenance is equally important

Lake and pond shorelines play a direct and vital role in the health of a waterbody. The shoreline acts as a buffer zone between land and water, providing a transition area that supports a diverse range of plant and animal life. Healthy shoreline vegetation helps filter pollutants, stabilize the soil, prevent erosion, and reduce the impact of stormwater runoff. Shoreline deterioration is often the first indicator of an unhealthy waterbody. In addition to endangering residents and increasing liability concerns for a community, unstable shorelines can exacerbate nutrient loading and other water quality problems.

5. Proactive management goes beyond weed and algae control

Weeds and algae are not just unsightly, they’re often a symptom of a more serious problem. During the eutrophication process, the bottom of a pond accumulates eroded sediment, animal waste, and plant matter that create a layer of muck as they decompose. Over time, water quality can deteriorate and the pond will lose depth and volume until it no longer holds stormwater as intended. Once reaching this point, dredging will be required to reset the waterbody to its original form.

Dredging is one of the biggest expenses a community may ever face, which is why it’s important to budget several years to decades in advance and implement preventative measures to slow its decline. Preventative water quality testing and lake mapping are essential to aid in reserve studies and financially prepare for eventual dredging needs.

Educate residents on the importance of proactive management

Once a new community manager understands these basics and the benefits of getting ahead of pond problems before they occur, they may face the additional challenge of getting residents on board with investing in a proactive management program. This is often due to a lack of understanding and allows community managers to demonstrate their leadership through education and mediation. Neglected stormwater equipment can result in flooding that endangers residents and damages homes, parking lots, landscaping, and amenities. Eroded shorelines can increase the likelihood of falls and accidents. Stagnant water promotes mosquito breeding, posing health risks from mosquito-borne diseases. The value and desirability of a community can plummet as a result.

Successfully informing residents about these dangers can help cultivate a sense of collective responsibility and foster more effective working relationships between residents and community leaders. A professional pond management partner can assist in this process by implementing science-backed maintenance strategies and keeping leaders informed on the progress of their programs. When considering a management partner, look for one that not only prioritizes an integrated approach, but also works to understand your “why” – whether that’s to restore beauty to your community, delight and attract new residents, increase safety, reduce long-term expenses, or all of the above.

No More Algae!

SOLitude has completely corrected our community pond. No more algae, which has kept the fountain running well. We have a monthly maintenance contract, and I always receive notice of when they are coming and if they found any issues.

Emily Schollian

Property Manager, VA

Keep Lake Free of Algae & Debris

SOLitude Lake Management has been the lake management company for our community lake located in Alexandria, VA, for five years now and we have found them to be very professional and responsive to our needs of keeping the lake free of algae and other debris. They also service the lighted fountains when needed. The team members are friendly, receptive, and willing to discuss lake maintenance options when signing the contract.

Carol Devine

Lake Committee Chairperson, Alexandria, VA

Positive Results

My subdivision in College Station, Texas, has two lakes and SOLitude Lake Management took over water and shoreline management six months ago. While we still have occurrences of water weeds, algae, and duckweed, we are getting on top of the problems much quicker. While we are only halfway into our 1st-year contract, these early, positive results are encouraging. We appreciate the service and especially the science SOLitude brings to our relationship.

John Himmel

College Station, TX

Service Has Been Excellent

I have been using SOLitude for several years to manage our retention basin in our neighborhood through our HOA. Service has been excellent.

Scott Shelley

Property Manager, Marlton, NJ

Customer-Oriented Service

SOLitude Lake Management services the lakes in my community. We have enjoyed many years of very professional customer-oriented service. The gentlemen that do the fieldwork are very knowledgeable and courteous. I would recommend them for all your lake management needs.

Keith Dean

Alva, FL

Responsive with Our Concerns

Our association has employed the services of SOLitude Lake Management for a number of years. Being the person to actually manage and pay for services, I have regular contact with the technician. He has been very responsive to our specific concerns and needs as has the office when I needed to ask questions.

Robert Shinedling

Board Member, Lantana, FL

Gerald Keeps Our Lakes Looking Beautiful

I’ve worked with SOLitude for eight months now and couldn’t be happier. Gerald is our specific lake tech in our community and does a fantastic job keeping our lakes looking beautiful and helping out with questions and concerns. Highly recommend this company to anyone who wants to see their lakes looking fantastic!

Community Member

West Palm Beach, FL

Superior Service for Over 7 Years

Jason and Jacob are the two aquatic specialists that I have been dealing with for seven years. In my HOA, we have 10 retention ponds, two inflow, and one outflow canal. Very complex ecosystem overall! SOLitude and their staff have provided superior service to all of us over the years! When we have concerns, they have always stepped up to the pump! 5-star rating!

Bobby Ambrose

Board President, Brandon, FL

Homeowners Are Happy with Results

SOLitude has been maintaining our community lakes for the past two years and they are now in excellent shape. Before we switched to SOLitude, we had severe problems with algae growth during the summer. They were able to analyze the problem and over a period of about a year get the lakes cleared up. Our homeowners are very happy with the results.

Alan Marlor

Community Committee Member, Osprey, FL

Pleasure to Work with Mitchell

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, Bradenton, FL

Professional & Prompt with Service

We have been using SOLitude Lake Management for some time now and they are always professional and prompt with service. Raquel has personally assisted us in the office, she is awesome!

Property Manager

Pompano, FL

Aquatic Specialists Are A Phone Call Away

SOLitude services all the water, weed, and algae requirements for our Condominium Lake which 7 buildings back up to. Our Aquatic Specialist Ean does a fabulous job taking care of all our needs and has many owners complimenting on how great our water looks. Ean is just a phone call away and shows up immediately. He is always friendly and very knowledgeable and takes care of the issues. I would highly recommend this company to anyone for your lake water needs.

Doug Berlet

Board President, Naples, FL

Responsive & Resolved Our Issues

SOLitude has managed our community’s 24 lakes for many years and we are very satisfied with their performance. One of our lakes has been experiencing regular algae blooms and SOLitude’s biologist, Christina, performed a comprehensive lake and water analysis to determine the cause of the problem. Recommendations were presented and the problem was resolved. The SOLitude technician, Maxwell, is in control of managing our littoral plants and is very responsive to resolving identified issues.

Peter Dersley

Estero, FL

Improve Your Lake’s Water Quality with SOLitude

I have worked with SOLitude for many years at our HOA with our lakes committee. Our biologist, Christina, has been such an asset to our community from the installation of lake aeration to nutrient mitigation and her positive attitude and professionalism. The entire company is one that I would certainly recommend to any community seeking to improve their lake’s water quality.

Scott DeFilippis

Fort Myers, FL

You Can Count On SOLitude

Christine and SOLitude are the best lake company I have had the privilege of working with as a Property Manager. I do not have to worry about service, fountains, aerators, littorals, or most importantly weed infestation on lake banks. I have been in the business for over 10 years and if the property is one Christine is in charge of with SOLitude, you can count on them running things very professionally. Absolute 5-star treatment.

Marty Sullivan

Property Manager, Naples, FL

Invasive Weeds Are Under Control

We have been using SOLitude’s services for the past three years for managing the neighborhood lake. Their service is excellent. All type of weeds including water hyacinth is now under control without harming the marine ecosystem. The technician who services the lake always makes sure all individual complaints of the resident are taken care of. Will definitely recommend their service, especially for big ponds and lakes.

Paromita Ganguly

Palm Harbor, FL

Managed Invasive Plant In 45-Acre Lake

Thomas has been my service tech over the last year helping to manage our 45-acre lake’s problem of dealing with horribly invasive water hyacinths. Thomas is professional, courteous, and knows his profession well. I look forward to continuing to work with him and SOLitude next year and moving forward.

Jeff Mioduszewski

Community Representative, Clearwater, FL

Experts In Stormwater Pond Management

SOLitude has been our stormwater management company for 6+ years. John is our Business Development Consultant and Greg is our primary point of contact. Greg is an exceptional person and is diligent in maintaining healthy, functioning stormwater management for our HOA. I would recommend SOLitude for their expertise in maintenance for Stormwater Management in your community.

Karen Fleck

HOA President, Lewes, DE

Helped Restore Community Pond

These guys are great. Every time I stop them to ask what they are doing they are very polite and knowledgeable. Before we had them in our community our ponds were loaded with scum. Keep up the good work!

William Smith

Community Member, DE

Recommendations Are Thoughtful & Achievable

Erin and the rest of the SOLitude crew do a fantastic job monitoring water quality and algae growth. Erin used environmentally friendly products to control both the algae and maintain water quality with great success. Site visits are as promised and reports are clear and concise and recommendations are always thoughtful and achievable. We appreciate the effort by Erin and the other SOLitude staff that support our effort.

Terrence Larson


I Suggest You Call SOLitude

SOLitude was very professional and understood the budget constraints that we have at our community center and lake. They proposed properly sized solutions to help us solve the algae problems in our lake. The staff was great to work with – I suggest you call them.

Chris Jorgensen

Colorado Springs, CO

Leslie Is One of the Best!

Leslie listened to my needs and concerns, she didn’t offer a fix until she surveyed the lake. It was refreshing to work with someone who cared enough to listen and plan out the best needs of service. If you’re looking for lake maintenance, she is one of the best! I highly recommend!

Trisha Miller

Property Manager, Glendale, AZ

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

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

Become the champion for your community and maintain beautiful water

Ultimately, expanding knowledge and proficiency in pond management is crucial for property managers who want to establish themselves as competent and reliable leaders. It enables them to educate community members, gain support for investing in essential services, create new recreational opportunities, and make informed decisions that benefit their community’s value and well-being.

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SOLitude Lake Management is a nationwide environmental firm committed to providing sustainable solutions that improve water quality, enhance beauty and preserve natural resources.

SOLitude’s team of aquatic scientists specializes in the development and execution of customized lake, stormwater pond, wetland and fisheries management programs. Services include water quality testing and restoration, algae and aquatic weed control, installation and maintenance of fountains and aeration systems, shoreline erosion control, muck and sediment removal and invasive species management. SOLitude partners with homeowners associations, golf courses, private landowners, businesses and municipalities. SOLitude Lake Management is part of Rentokil, a leading business services company, operating across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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