Construction, Maintenance, Ecology

Information on pond management and construction, maintenance and ecology, including water quality concerns, fish population exercise and pond agencies and permits in Pennsylvania. Tips on pond measurements and fixing a leaking pond.

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Proper pond management can ensure an aesthetically pleasing pond that provides great fishing, swimming and other recreational uses (photo B. Swistock).
New LearnNow Video Discusses Tips for a Healthier Pond - News News
There are thousands of earthen ponds and lakes across Pennsylvania that provide many benefits to homeowners and farmers, but they have their share of problems. More
Photo: Heather McKean
Crawford County Pond Workshop Draws a Large Crowd - News News
The workshop increased participants' knowledge of pond maintenance and ecology. More
Five Steps to a Healthier Pond
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Penn State Extension Water Resources Specialist covers five steps pond managers can use to create a healthier PA pond. More
Fisheries Management for Ponds and Lakes
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Joe Gallagher, President of Ecological Solutions, Inc. presents information on proper management of fish species in ponds and lakes. More
Extension Educator, Susan Boser presents information on watersheds and land use to 5th grade science students at Winchester Thurston School
Extension Provides Hands-on Pond Education to 5th Grade Science Classes - News News
Students from Winchester Thurston School are learning how to help their school pond. More
Managing Your Restored Wetland
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Managing Your Restored Wetland

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D., Charles Andrew Cole, Ph.D., Robert P Brooks, Ph.D.

This manual for landowners describes where wetland restoration is possible and how it is done. It covers basic wetland concepts, ecological concepts and terms, wetland restoration, and maintenance. More
Pond Management for Rural and Farm Pond Owners
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Learn basic pond maintenance and how to address common pond issues including excessive plant and algae growth, nuisance wildlife, and fishery management. More
Managing Your Pond or Lake
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Susan Boser from Penn State Extension explains the aspects of good pond management. More
Measuring a largemouth bass from a pond.
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This quick exercise will help you to determine the Proportional Stock Density (PSD) for your pond to help in managing the bass and bluegill population. More
Identifying Aquatic Plants
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This video will look at the four categories of pond plants, and some of the most common aquatic plants that are found in Pennsylvania. More
Fish ponds provide can aesthetic beauty, wildlife habitat, fishing, swimming, as well as water for livestock, irrigation, or fire protection.
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Management of Fish Ponds in Pennsylvania

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Are you building a new pond on your property? Do you already have a pond that you use for swimming, irrigation, fishing, or other activities? More
Pond Ecology and the Role of Aquatic Plants
Pond Ecology and the Role of Aquatic Plants - Videos Videos
This video provides an overview of aquatic plants. More
Physical Control of Aquatic Plants
Physical Control of Aquatic Plants - Videos Videos
There are a variety of physical control strategies that can be employed. Physically harvesting aquatic plants can have a positive, long-lasting effect. More
Getting to Know Your Pond
Getting to Know Your Pond - Videos Videos
Proper pond management practices should always start with an assessment and inspection of the current conditions in the pond. More
Chemical Control of Aquatic Plants
Chemical Control of Aquatic Plants - Videos Videos
Herbicides are often the first thing pond owners turn to when nuisance aquatic plants appear in their ponds. More
Causes and Prevention of Aquatic Plant and Algae Growth
Causes and Prevention of Aquatic Plant and Algae Growth - Videos Videos
When plants and algae grow abundantly, pond and lake owners often think about ways to eliminate the offending plant. Nutrient control is the long term solution. More
Biological Control of Aquatic Plants
Biological Control of Aquatic Plants - Videos Videos
There are a few biological methods, that when applied correctly can be very effective and environmentally friendly to your pond. More
Water Quality Concerns for Ponds
Water Quality Concerns for Ponds - Articles Articles
This is a summary of some common water quality parameters that may cause problems in ponds and how to detect and treat them. More
Pond Measurements: Area, Volume and Residence Time
Pond Measurements: Area, Volume and Residence Time - Articles Articles
An explanation of basic pond measurements that are vital to basic pond management practices. More
Pond Ecology
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Pond Ecology

Bryan Swistock

A brief overview of the natural processes of an earthen pond and how to maintain a healthy pond. More
Pond Assessment and Inspection
Pond Assessment and Inspection - Articles Articles
This article discusses some of the critical components of a typical pond that should be identified and inspected before tackling pond management issues. More
Planktonic Algae
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Planktonic Algae

Bryan Swistock

Planktonic algae floats in the water column and can sometimes be confused with muddy water. It causes the water to look green, brown or reddish in color. More
Naiad
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Naiad

Bryan Swistock

One of the most common native, submerged pond plants in Pennsylvania. More
A leaking pond located in central Pennsylvania.
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Fixing a Leaking Pond

Bryan Swistock

Pond leaks are a very common pond management problem in PA. This article introduces the steps for determining if a pond is leaking and tips for repairing leaks. More
Figure 1. Filamentous algae as it typically appears in July or August after forming floating mats.
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Filamentous Algae

Bryan Swistock

Different species of filamentous algae exist, but all have a similar growth habit. These algae begin growth in the winter and early spring on the pond bottom. More
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