March 24, 2016

SWCD to hold pond clinic April 12

Filamentous algae

Filamentous algae

OWENSVILLE, Ohio (March 11, 2016) – Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is hosting its annual Pond Management Clinic beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Pattison Park Lodge, 2228 U.S. 50, just west of Owensville.  Experts from Clermont SWCD and Jones Fish Hatcheries will discuss such topics as pond construction, maintenance and safety. Additional information will be given on stocking, aeration, weed control, hazardous algae blooms, and nuisance wildlife.  Storm water retention ponds will again be addressed during this year’s event.

Last year, pond owners faced problems such as fish kills, toxic algae, and stressed ponds due to the severe winter and the summer storms in June and July. Come hear about restocking and aeration to best deal with fish survival throughout the year.

Members of homeowners associations that are responsible for storm water retention ponds can learn about their purpose and function, as well as strategies to improve the ability to reduce storm water pollution and maintain an attractive pond.

There is no cost to attend the pond clinic but registration is required.  To register online, visit www.clermontswcd.org/events.aspx, or call Clermont SWCD at 513-732-7075 ext. 2.

(Photo: Filamentous algae — long chains of single cell algae that form a mass like wet wool.)