In This Issue

May in Review | Outlook for June

Congratulations to our Membership Drive Winner!

Save the Date! CAI/IREM Summer Social

Is your condominium certified?

CAI Advocacy Blog

The Nuts and Bolts—and Bubbles—of Aeration

Upcoming Events

June 20, 2017

Homeowner Education
Workshop Session 3

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Hoover Library


August 17, 2017

CAI/IREM JOINT Summer Social

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Vestavia Bowl


August 25, 2017

2nd Annual Commercial
Real Estate Summit

presented by IREM Chapter 43

More Information >>>

September 28, 2017

Chapter Luncheon

"Reserving for the Future"

Time: 11:30am - 1 pm

Location: The Club, Inc.


October 19-20, 2017

M-206 Financial Management

Location: Birmingham


Click here to view more upcoming events in 2017!

New Members
May 2017

Association Dues Assurance Corporation (ADAC)
Lynn Manion
St. Claire Shores, MI

Malarkey Roofing Products
Rachel Garcia
Portland, OR

Christine Jordon

Associa McKay Management
Birmingham, AL


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Thank you to our

Platinum Sponsors:
Allied Universal Security Services 

Law Offices of Lee Mason  

Community Association Management 

Gold Sponsors:
Associa McKay Management


Boothby Realty

Gibson Landscaping

Spaces Management

Silver Sponsors:
Alliance Association Bank
The Green Team

Mutual of Omaha Bank

Bronze Sponsors:

CertaPro Painters of Hoover

Jones Walker


Ray Engineering

SOLitude Lake Managment

Union Bank

We're Green Clean

Photos from this month's
Luncheon and Workshop

Chapter Luncheon | May 18, 2017

Board Leadership Development Workshop
May 20, 2017 | Dadeville, AL

Click here to view more photos of this and other events!

2017 CAI AL Chapter
Board of Directors


Andy Turner, AMS, PCAM
Spaces Management

President Elect
Fields Greer
The Green Team

Mildred Lanier
Hayesbury Townhomes HOA

Jamie Brasher Phillips, CMCA, AMS
J.H. Berry & Gilbert

At-Large Member

Lee Mason, CMCA, AMS, PCAM
Community Association Management

Executive Director
Julia Boehm-McKay

Newsletter | May 2017 Print

May in Review | Outlook for June

The month of May was filled with educational opportunities!

The month started out with the CAI Annual Conference from May 3-6, 2017 in Las Vegas and was followed by two local educational events right here in Alabama:

On May 18th, we held a panel presentation and discussion about "What to know about Covenant Enforcement" during our Chapter Luncheon that was sponsored by The Green Team and Mutual Bank of Omaha at The Club in Birmingham.
A big thank you to the panel moderator Patricia Hillen, CMCA, PCAM (Alliance Association Bank) and panel speakers John Barnes, Esq. (Law Firm Alford & Barnes, LLC), Kathryn Davenport, CMCA, AMS (Associa McKay Management), Mildred Lanier (Hayesbury Townhomes HOA) and Nicki Simmons, CMCA (Spaces Management) for providing great insight into this topic!

May Luncheon Panel Moderator and Speakers
l.-r. Kathryn Davenport, CMCA, AMS (Associa McKay Management), Patricia Hillen, CMCA, PCAM (Alliance Association Bank), John Barnes, Esq. (Law Firm Alford & Barnes, LLC), Nicki Simmons (Spaces Management) and Mildred Lanier (Hayesbury Townhomes HOA).

And on May 20, 2017 we offered the Board Leadership Development Workshop to board members of the Stillwaters Residential Association in Dadeville, AL. Thank you to the workshop instructors Patricia Hillen, CMCA, PCAM (Alliance Association Bank) and Lee Mason, Esq., CMCA, AMS, PCAM (Community Association Management and Law Offices of Lee Mason) for teaching this all day workshop!

Board Leadership Development Workshop in Dadeville, AL


Homeowner Education

In June, we will offer the third session of the Board Leadership Development Workshop on June 20th! It will be held again at the Hoover Library with Jim Corbin, CPA presenting a module about "Financial Management for Homeowners and Condominium Associations". Don't miss this great workshop and click here to register for it!




Allied Universal Security Services

SOLitude Lake Management

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Congratulations to our Membership Drive Winner!

The winner of this year's first membership drive contest is Amanda Carr, CMCA, AMS from Neighborhood Management. At this month's luncheon she was awarded with a $100 MasterCard gift card for her recruiting efforts. Thank you Amanda!

Amanda Carr and Andy Healy

Please keep recruiting new members! Another $100 gift card will be given to whoever recruits the most members from now until this year’s Annual Awards Luncheon on November 30th! Please make sure that your name is being filled in the recruiter line on the membership application.

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Save the Date! CAI/IREM Summer Social

CAI/IREM Joint Summer Social

More information, registration link and sponsorship opportunities coming soon!

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Is your condominium certified?

WebinarThe Federal Housing Administration enforces strict guidelines for condominium certification and the requirements have changed dramatically in the past year. Is your condominium eligible? Is it still certified?

Join us for a webinar on June 14, 2017 from 1pm-2pm that will give you an up-to-date overview of what FHA requires for condominiums to be eligible for FHA financing as well as information on acceptable owner-occupancy ratios, commercial space allowances, delinquency limits, reserve funding requirements, and fidelity insurance coverage.

Click here to register for the webinar.

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CAI Advocacy Blog

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When you subscribe, you'll have your finger on the pulse of the latest public policies, advocacy best practices, and hot topics and trends affecting community associations worldwide. The Advocacy Blog goes beyond reading content, too. You also can comment on content and start discussions with your industry peers about your thoughts and experiences.

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The Nuts and Bolts—and Bubbles—of Aeration

By Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant at SOLitude Lake Management

There are few events that can occur in a community pond that cause the amount of anxiety and uproar among the residents as a fish kill. Sure, we get plenty of calls about algae blooms and clogged fountains and excessive trash, but nothing creates the level of panic that ensues when there are dead fish floating on the surface of the water. Many residents become concerned that there may have been a toxic spill or illegal dumping incident, or they think that the landscaping company must have used something on the surrounding property that killed the fish. In reality though, most fish kills occur not because of a poisonous substance, but because of low dissolved oxygen conditions in the water. 

Although fish respire through gills instead of lungs, they still require oxygen to survive. Since very warm water cannot hold the same amount of oxygen as colder water, dissolved oxygen can become depleted during the summer months. Because many stormwater ponds are fairly shallow, with water only flowing in during and after rain events, sunlight is able to penetrate throughout the water column, causing the water to become very warm and stagnant. Deeper ponds may experience a phenomenon called “stratification,” where the warmer water at the surface of the pond does not mix with the colder, denser water near the bottom. The bottom water does not recharge with oxygen from photosynthesis or interaction with atmospheric oxygen, so fish can only survive in the upper part of the water column. During a large rainstorm or wind event, the pond can “turn over,” mixing the low oxygen bottom water throughout the rest of the pond. Low oxygen related fish kills can occur in both shallow and deep ponds if the conditions are right – Or WRONG, in this case.

So, what can be done to reduce the risk of a fish kill in a pond or lake? The best approach is to implement a comprehensive, ongoing maintenance program that includes integrated management strategies for algae and weed control and water quality management. One of the best practices for water quality improvement is the installation of aeration equipment to circulate the water and increase dissolved oxygen levels throughout the water column. There are many different types of aeration systems available, although the most commonly used are surface aerating fountains and submersed diffused air aeration systems. While both types of aerators can be extremely effective, each one has certain features that would make it the appropriate choice depending on the characteristics of a particular waterbody. And those without electrical access near their lake or pond are not out of luck. Solar-powered and windmill aeration systems are a more ecologically-friendly option, and can be used to enhance aeration in more remote locations.

Floating Foundation
Floating fountain aerators provide effective oxygenation in shallow lakes and ponds, which can help reduce undesirable algae by facilitating the conversion of phosphorus to forms that do not sustain algae growth.

Submersed diffused air aeration systems utilize pumped air to de-stratify the water column and to infuse oxygen into the pond. The typical configuration involves an air compressor that is located on the shore in a small weatherproof enclosure, which pushes air through subsurface tubing to one or more bubble diffusers located on the bottom of the pond. As the bubbles rise to the surface, they carry the low oxygen bottom water upwards, where it is mixed with the oxygen rich surface water and attached to atmospheric oxygen, before sinking back towards the bottom.  This constant vertical mixing increases the overall dissolved oxygen concentration in the water column. Submersed diffused air aeration is most effective in larger lakes and ponds with depths greater than 6 feet. In very shallow water, the bubbles do not have enough depth to spread out as they rise to the surface, so less of the water column is circulated, requiring larger systems and more expense for adequate aeration.

Solar Powered System
For remote locations or waterbodies without electrical power accessibility, solar powered aeration systems offer a long-term, ecologically responsible solution.

Surface aerators, such as floating fountain aerators, are situated on the surface of the pond.  These units contain a float-mounted pump that sucks water from just below the surface and sprays it up into the air. Unlike submersed diffused air aerators, surface aerators are most effective in shallow ponds and lakes. The oxygenation from floating aerators occurs when the water that is sprayed into the air splashes back down onto the surface of the pond. This interaction allows for the venting of gases and the transfer of oxygen into the water. However, because all of the oxygen transfer occurs at the surface, very little benefit is gained in the lower depths near the sediment.

Submersed Aeration
A submersed aeration system can help oxygenate the water column in deeper lakes and ponds. These systems improve vertical mixing at depths where water is not naturally stratified by using an on-shore compressor to pump oxygen to the bottom of the waterbody. 

A professional pond and lake management company can help you choose the appropriate aeration strategy based on the characteristics of your waterbody, your goals for the facility, and your budget for the project. But no matter which system is implemented, aeration has many benefits beyond just preventing fish kills. Aeration will improve the health of your waterbody by increasing the amount of oxygen in the system, which facilitates the conversion of phosphorus to forms that are not usable by algae as food. It also alters pH and other related water quality parameters to favor the growth of healthy green phytoplankton at the base of the food chain rather than potentially toxic cyanobacteria species. The end result is a healthier pond with fewer harmful algae blooms, and a reduction in the need for algaecide treatments.

However, aeration alone will not solve all of the problems that can afflict a pond or lake. While an aeration system may be the “heart” of a waterbody, circulating the water and bringing oxygen to all parts of the system, a comprehensive integrated management program is the backbone, providing the framework to support the overall health of the pond. Much like the human body, waterbodies become less healthy as they age, and require more intensive management strategies to remain viable. Implementing a preventive care program before problems develop is the best way to ensure a long life for your pond and the fish that call it home.  

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