SWCD offers improved pond clinic at no cost

BATAVIA, OH — Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will offer an improved free pond clinic to pond owners and managers at 5:30 p.m. April 14 at the Cincinnati Nature Center-Rowe Woods at 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford. Improvements include additional speakers, a new breakout session format and the addition of a pond walk 4-5 p.m., weather permitting.

“Our event is one of the largest in the area and we want to continue to grow this program to best inform our pond managers, “ said Jake Hahn of SWCD.

More than 5,000 ponds in Clermont County are used for many different purposes. 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.

“We hope our event can be a place for pond owners to interact with other owners in the area to solve management problems with the guidance of our expert speakers,” Hahn said.

Gus Keibel and Randy Morgan from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will discuss muskrat prevention and control. Concurrent breakout sessions will include Ponds 101 with Hahn, or Pond Health and Aeration with Jones Fish Hatchery, and Pond Weed Control, also with Jones Fish Hatchery, or New Pond Construction with Hahn.

Clermont SWCD aims to help construct and maintain a safe, functional and attractive pond. Clermont County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the event.

There is no cost, but registration is required to gain free admission to the Cincinnati Nature Center. To register for the free clinic or for more information, go to www.clermontswcd.org or contact Clermont SWCD at (513) 732-7075.