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Pond cultivators can fish for answers at program

Many of us dream of owning property, or have property, with a pond, a place to escape, or maybe to swim, fish, or even to provide drinking water.
Many individuals may believe that a pond may be constructed on any place in northwestern Ohio. Let’s face it: The region was a swamp in many areas, so how hard can it be to construct a pond? Dig a hole!
This past winter was pretty tough on fish in ponds. Is there more to managing fish than putting the critters in the water and letting them do their thing? Or can individuals manage a pond to encourage the survival of fish and cultivating the right species of fish even in the tough winters?
It’s hard to pick up a northwestern Ohio newspaper without reading about algae concerns in Lake Erie, but what about ponds? Can they get toxic algae? Is there any way to keep cattails out of small ponds?
It’s hard to find a housing subdivision in the area without an aerating fountain in their retention pond. Do they really help or are they just cosmetic?
All of these topics and issues will be addressed by specialists at the pond clinic sponsored by the Hancock County Soil Water & Conservation District, OSU Extension, and other agencies.
This program will be of interest whether you already have a pond or are considering construction of a pond.
The program will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 19, at Shelter 4, Hancock County Riverbend Recreational Park. Here’s the agenda:
6 p.m. Welcome: Ed Lentz, Ohio State University Extension.
6:10 p.m. Fish Management: Mike Wilkerson, ODNR Division of Wildlife.
6:30 p.m. Ponds for Drinking Water and Aeration Options: Flag City Water Systems
6:50 p.m. Design and Construction of Ponds: Gary Tuttle and Brandon Ewing, Soil and Water Conservation District.
7:10 p.m. Weed Management and Algae Control: Eugene Braig, OSU pond specialist.
7:50 p.m. Closing Remarks: Gary Tuttle, Soil Water and Conservation District.
There will be plenty of time for questions during and after the program. Bring your own lawn chair if you like to customize your seating comfort. You may also want to bring mosquito repellant, since they may be present for special effects.
The program is free and open to the public. Contact the Hancock County SWCD office 419-422-6569 (swcd@scnet.org) or OSU Extension for additional information.
Lentz is extension educator for agriculture and natural resources for The Ohio State University Extension Service in Hancock County. He can be reached at 419-422-3851 or via email at lentz.38@osu.edu.
Lentz can be heard with Vaun Wickerham on weekdays at 6:35 a.m. on WFIN, at 5:43 a.m. on WKXA-FM, and at 5:28 a.m. at 106.3 The Fox.

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