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Certified Hydrographic Survey and Sediment Map – Solitude Lake Management

Solitude Lake Management completed a certified hydrographic survey and sediment survey as part of a dredging analysis report.  This 29 acre lake, originally built in the early 1900’s has an average water depth of 2.6 feet.  Through sediment sampling, the average soft sediment thickness is 2.1 feet.  Over time the lake has lost almost half of its original capacity to sediment.  The estimated sediment volume was calculated and shown on a map.  This will allow engineers to create an efficient removal plan.  Dredging contractors can bid with confidence on how much sediment is actually in the lake.  The homeowners will ultimately benefit most from having an initial hydrographic survey because they will be able to control the project from start to finish – taking out the guess work and making sure their lake is restored for the lowest cost possible.

Solitude Lake Management Website on Lake Mapping:  Lake Mapping Information

phone: (866) 697-2584

website:  http://www.solitudelakemanagement.com

Hydrographic survey and sediment survey results

Hydrographic survey and sediment survey results

To learn more about our Sediment Mapping here >> Sediment Mapping Detailed

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.

Bathymetry, Dredging and Sediment Maps – Solitude Lake Management

Mapping, Dredging and Reserve Factor by Solitude Lake Management

If you live in a community governed by a Homeowners Association (HOA), or you are a community manager tasked with managing an HOA, I am sure you are familiar with the statutory requirements placed on you to maintain budget reserves and to complete formal Reserve Studies for your community in most states every 3-5 years.

So many important issues are addressed by these studies, all of which help to prepare communities for significant future repair and replacement expenses. In most cases, the Reserve Specialist preparing the report is able to identify very accurate estimates for the expected life of the community assets, and the corresponding specific costs for making significant repairs or replacing those assets as their expected life comes to an end. As valuable as these studies are for communities, we find they are typically missing one key piece of information that will, in many cases, affect the accurate planning and budgeting for the single most expensive expenditure a community will ever face…DREDGING.

All communities have stormwater management facilities incorporated into their overall development designs. In many cases, these BMPs take the form of ponds or lakes. These stormwater ponds and lakes are designed to collect all stormwater flowing in from the community’s impervious surfaces such as roofs, sidewalks, driveways, and streets. In doing so, all of the sediment, grass clippings, leaves, fertilizer, other organic matter, and pollutants contained in this stormwater will settle to the bottom of the pond in between rain events so that the next time it rains, clean water flows out of the outflow as new contaminated water comes in through the inflows.

This is good news for our streams, rivers, bays, and oceans, as these ponds and lakes filter runoff water and make sure that only clean water is discharged into our natural waterways. However, if these stormwater ponds and lakes are left unmanaged, what is a dream for Mother Nature can be a nightmare for the community. The biggest of these nightmares comes when a community realizes their pond or lake has enough accumulated sediment and organic matter that it needs to be dredged in order to continue to function properly and as designed.

Although Reserve Studies will typically address the potential need for dredging, and maybe even go so far as to give you some data on the typical life expectancy of the BMPs and cost to dredge them, these are rarely accurate or specific to your particular site. These numbers are averages, and mostly educated guesses, as the information required for Reserve Specialists to be able to provide you detailed and up-to-date accurate assessments and costs for dredging are not available to anyone without bathymetry having been performed.

As you might imagine, every pond or lake is different, and the demands put on these BMPs vary based on the size of the overall watershed, climate and weather conditions, landscaping and fertilization practices, level of ongoing annual lake and pond management activities, etc.

If you want to accurately evaluate the current sediment accumulation in your lake or pond, and project forward to when it will need to be dredged, and how much it will cost to do so, there is only one choice…BATHYMETRY.

Bathymetry is the process whereby the surface of the lake or pond is plotted using GPS technology, and each of the GPS points recorded is correlated to the corresponding depth of the lake or pond 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 water) of the pond 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 at the bottom of the pond.

Once this information is known, it is very easy to get specific cost estimates for dredging, as you will know the exact amount of material that needs to be removed. If you find that dredging is not needed now, which is what everyone hopes, you will then be able to use the bathymetric data to plan for future dredging. Also, now that you know the current amount of sediment accumulation, and you know how old the lake or pond is based on original construction plans, you can figure out the annual sedimentation rate from the time the lake or pond was originally constructed to now and then project that rate forward to compute how many years from now dredging will in fact be required.

Bathymetry provides community managers and boards with powerful information with which to manage their stormwater lakes and ponds, and most importantly, provides them with the tool they need to quantify and plan for what will in many cases be the single most costly expense the community will ever face. No budget or replacement reserve planning is ever complete for those communities with lakes or ponds if they do not perform bathymetry on a periodic basis.

Solitude Lake Management® Website on Lake Mapping:  Lake Mapping Information

Kevin Tucker is the president of Solitude Lake Management®, specializing in pond and lake management.  Solitude Lake Management® also controls pond management interests in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina.

phone: (866) 697-2584

website:  http://www.solitudelakemanagement.com

Professional lake map generated by Solitude Lake Management and The Mapping Network

Professional lake map generated by Solitude Lake Management and The Mapping Network

To learn more about our Sediment Mapping here >> Sediment Mapping Detailed

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.

NPDES is Here – Pond Owners and Managers Take Notice!

SOLitude Lake Management reminds pond and lake owners to follow the new NPDES permit rules…

After many years of judicial and legislative battling, the NPDES permit for aquatic pesticide applications has been finalized and went into effect on October 31, 2011and there is a high probability that this new permit will directly affect you and your pond. NPDES stands for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, and it is the primary federal legislation that regulates point source pollution to the waters of the U.S. Although aquatic pesticide applications were previously exempt from this permitting requirement, recent judicial reinterpretation of the law has mandated that the residues resulting from these applications should be regulated within the same framework as other water pollutants. So basically, if you own or manage a property with a pond, then you will be responsible for making sure that all pesticide applications related to the pond meet the requirements of the new permit. Some of the activities that will be regulated under this permit include algae and weed treatments in the water, shoreline vegetation control, and mosquito control. And the most important part of this new law is that as a decision maker or financier for the applications, you are just as liable for permit compliance as the applicator. SŌLitude Lake Management utilizes a specialized lake management software program to manage our application data, and many facets of permit compliance are already part of our daily operations. We will work with our clients and our industry partners to ensure that all of our operations are compliant with the permit requirements, and can provide consulting services for any operator in the development of a NPDES Pesticide General Permit compliance program

Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our staff to make sure you are prepared to answer those VERY important questions from homeowners and Board members.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AN INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO ON NPDES!

Spraying pesticides on your lake this year? Know the rules by contacting a professional lake manager.

Kevin Tucker is the president of SOLitude Lake Management®, specializing in pond and lake management.  SOLitude Lake Management® also controls pond management interests in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina.

phone: (866) 697-2584

website:  http://www.solitudelakemanagement.com

SŌLitude Lake Management® Website on Lake Mapping:  Lake Mapping Information

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The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.

Preparing for Your Pond’s Future – SOLitude Lake Management

Preparing for Your Pond’s Future by SOLitude Lake Management

As ponds age, their composition changes.  Years and years of leaves falling into the pond or sediment from stormwater runoff can drastically change the pond’s bottom.  What once was a pond that had an average depth of 5 feet may now be only 3 and in some places there may be less than one foot of depth.
One of the best monitoring tools a pond owner can use is bathymetry.  Mapping the bottom of the pond shows areas of concern and can also give you an idea of when dredging may be necessary.  With dredging being such a large expense, pond owners can use this tool to help budget for this project in the future.

At this time of the year, when many of you are working with budgets, this tool may be an important one to discuss with your community. Improper planning could leave a community in a situation where a special assessment may be the only solution to cover the expense of a dredging project.  Arming your community with this knowledge will prove to have a great impact on the future.

A pond that has filled in with sediment from stormwater runoff or other organic sources will have more problems in the long run with algae and weeds and will become less healthy over time.  Knowing the water and sediment depths can give you an understanding of what is happening in your pond and the direction that your pond is heading. We can provide you with excellent 3D maps, seen here, to illustrate just what the bottom of the pond looks like.  Contact us today to plan for the future of your pond.

SŌLitude Lake Management® Website on Lake Mapping:  Lake Mapping Information

Kevin Tucker is the president of SOLitude Lake Management®, specializing in pond and lake management.  SOLitude Lake Management® also controls pond management interests in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina.

phone: (866) 697-2584

website:  http://www.solitudelakemanagement.com

Professional lake map generated by Solitude Lake Management and The Mapping Network

Professional lake map generated by SOLitude Lake Management and The Mapping Network

To learn more about our Sediment Mapping here >> Sediment Mapping Detailed

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.

Smith Mountain Lake Benefits from Bathymetry Survey

Engineers Developing Dredging Plan and Dock Placement Select Local Expert for Bathymetry Study

Smith Mountain Lake is a gorgeous, 40-mile long, 20,600 acre lake, with 500 miles of shoreline, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural southwestern Virginia.  Part of an ongoing improvement project required small sections ranging from 0.25 to 3 acres to be dredged due to sedimentation and safety issues.   Another area of the lake was preparing for the installation of several docks for the increase in boaters.  In both cases, accurate bathymetric lake mapping conducted by SŌLitude Lake Management® and The Mapping Network was used as a tool for measuring lake depth and sediment volume to assist the lake in finding the best methods of dock placement and dredging techniques.  Engineers now have an updated basemap to monitor future sediment levels and keep boats traveling safely through the lake.

How accurate is your lake data? Did you know that many lake maps currently used by decision makers and the general public are either very old (often from the 1950′s) or were the original design plans (usually very inaccurate).  Don’t base your management and safety decisions on data that can be several feet off – have your lake mapped by the premier bathymetry survey providers in the country!  Only select companies undergo the detailed training provided through The Mapping Network.  This group of professional lake mappers have the local knowledge and reputation to proficiently map your lake.

Contour and Color-Shaded Depth Map of study area by SŌLitude Lake Management®

Creating an accurate, up-to-date lake map of a cove. This information assists in construction and dredging plans by showing contractors and lake managers exactly what the bottom of the lake looks like.

SŌLitude Lake Management® Website on Lake Mapping:  http://www.solitudelakemanagement.com/services/lake-mapping/

Kevin Tucker is the president of SŌLitude Lake Management®, specializing in pond and lake management.  SŌLitude Lake Management® also controls pond management interests in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina.

phone: (866) 697-2584

website:  http://www.solitudelakemanagement.com

To learn more about our Sediment Mapping here >> Sediment Mapping Detailed

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.

Smith Mountain Lake Benefits from Bathymetry Survey

Engineers Developing Dredging Plan and Dock Placement Select Local Expert for Bathymetry Study

Smith Mountain Lake is a gorgeous, 40-mile long, 20,600 acre lake, with 500 miles of shoreline, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural southwestern Virginia.  Part of an ongoing improvement project required small sections ranging from 0.25 to 3 acres to be dredged due to sedimentation and safety issues.   Another area of the lake was preparing for the installation of several docks for the increase in boaters.  In both cases, accurate bathymetric lake mapping conducted by SŌLitude Lake Management® and The Mapping Network was used as a tool for measuring lake depth and sediment volume to assist the lake in finding the best methods of dock placement and dredging techniques.  Engineers now have an updated basemap to monitor future sediment levels and keep boats traveling safely through the lake.

How accurate is your lake data? Did you know that many lake maps currently used by decision makers and the general public are either very old (often from the 1950′s) or were the original design plans (usually very inaccurate).  Don’t base your management and safety decisions on data that can be several feet off – have your lake mapped by the premier bathymetry survey providers in the country!  Only select companies undergo the detailed training provided through The Mapping Network.  This group of professional lake mappers have the local knowledge and reputation to proficiently map your lake.

Contour and Color-Shaded Depth Map of study area by SŌLitude Lake Management®

Creating an accurate, up-to-date lake map of a cove. This information assists in construction and dredging plans by showing contractors and lake managers exactly what the bottom of the lake looks like.

SŌLitude Lake Management® Website on Lake Mapping:  http://www.solitudelakemanagement.com/services/lake-mapping/

Kevin Tucker is the president of SŌLitude Lake Management®, specializing in pond and lake management.  SŌLitude Lake Management® also controls pond management interests in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina.

phone: (866) 697-2584

website:  http://www.solitudelakemanagement.com

To learn more about our Sediment Mapping here >> Sediment Mapping Detailed

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.

Smith Mountain Lake Benefits from Bathymetry Survey

Engineers Developing Dredging Plan and Dock Placement Select Local Expert for Bathymetry Study

Smith Mountain Lake is a gorgeous, 40-mile long, 20,600 acre lake, with 500 miles of shoreline, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural southwestern Virginia.  Part of an ongoing improvement project required small sections ranging from 0.25 to 3 acres to be dredged due to sedimentation and safety issues.   Another area of the lake was preparing for the installation of several docks for the increase in boaters.  In both cases, accurate bathymetric lake mapping conducted by Virginia Lake Management and The Mapping Network was used as a tool for measuring lake depth and sediment volume to assist the lake in finding the best methods of dock placement and dredging techniques.  Engineers now have an updated basemap to monitor future sediment levels and keep boats traveling safely through the lake.

How accurate is your lake data? Did you know that many lake maps currently used by decision makers and the general public are either very old (often from the 1950’s) or were the original design plans (usually very inaccurate).  Don’t base your management and safety decisions on data that can be several feet off – have your lake mapped by the premier bathymetry survey providers in the country!  Only select companies undergo the detailed training provided through The Mapping Network.  This group of professional lake mappers have the local knowledge and reputation to proficiently map your lake.

Creating an accurate, up-to-date lake map of a cove. This information assists in construction and dredging plans by showing contractors and lake managers exactly what the bottom of the lake looks like.

More information on Virginia Lake Management can be found on their website:  www.virginialakemanagement.com

Kevin Tucker is the president of Virginia Lake Management Company, specializing in pond and lake management.  VLM also controls pond management interests in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina.

phone: (866) 697-2584

website:  www.virginialakemanagement.com

Color-Shaded Depth Map of a lake mapped by Virginia Lake Management

The Mapping Network:  www.TheMappingNetwork.com

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For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.