Pond Management for Rural and Farm Pond Owners
Ponds can be a source of enjoyment for their owners, but it takes active management for this to happen. This asynchronous, self-paced course is designed to teach rural and farm pond owners how to manage their ponds. Pond owners identify realistic goals for their pond and then learn how to realize their pond goals.
Through videos, short readings, and images, this course addresses common pond problems such as: leaks and maintenance issues, pond safety, excessive plant and algae growth, pond fishery management, and wildlife issues. Check your learning questions after each subsection will help you apply what you learn.
When you finish this course, you should have the basic knowledge necessary to effectively management you pond.
Note that this course is not intended for owners of backyard, landscape, or garden ponds (typically much smaller than 1/4 acre and often measured in gallons).
- Owners of existing earthen ponds, between 1/4 acre and 5 acres in size, in the Mid-Atlantic region.
You will learn how to:
- Determine goals for your pond
- Assess, inspect, and measure your pond
- Maintain your pond
- Implement safety practices
- Identify and control aquatic plants and algae
- Manage a pond fishery
- Manage wildlife in and around your pond.
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