March 9, 2017

SWCD offers free annual pond clinic

OWENSVILLE, Ohio (March 9, 2017) – Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will again offer a free pond clinic for county residents. The clinic will be held at 6 p.m. April 4 at Pattison Park Lodge just west of Owensville on US 50. Attendees will hear from SWCD staff and a representative from Jones Fish Hatchery in Newtown. Topics will include pond construction, maintenance and safety. Additional information will be given on fish stocking, aeration, weed control, hazardous algae blooms (HABs), and nuisance wildlife. Stormwater retention ponds will also be addressed.

 The ponds in many newer subdivisions not only provide a scenic addition to the community landscape, they also benefit the environment. “When they are properly cared for, these stormwater retention ponds limit flooding and remove a number of pollutants,” said Jake Hahn with Soil and Water Conservation District. Residents should urge their homeowners association to become involved to better understand the benefits and functions of retention ponds.

“Through this free clinic, citizens will learn how recreational and stormwater ponds can be maintained, and the steps to planning their own new ponds,” Hahn said. “Since ponds are not a common natural landscape feature in our area they need additional maintenance and care to function properly and meet the landowners’ expectations.” Clermont SWCD’s goal is to help construct and maintain a safe, functional, and attractive pond. Clermont County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the event.

For more information or to register for the free clinic, contact the Clermont SWCD at 513.732.7075. More information is also available on the Web site www.clermontswcd.org.

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About the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District:

Established in 1943, the district works with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and farmers to control erosion, promote water quality, and enhance wildlife habitat on agricultural working lands. The district provides technical assistance, grants and cost share funding, educational programming and other resources to urban, rural and suburban landowners to help them address a diverse range of local conservation issues. For more information, visit www.clermontswcd.org or call 513.732.7075.

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