Pond school coming to county

  • Friday, July 18, 2014

Clemson Extension will host a pond school for residents of Georgetown County and surrounding communities.

This educational workshop will take place on July 24 at the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology at Hobcaw Barony, 177 Hobcaw Rd., Georgetown. This workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Clemson Extension Pond School is a comprehensive program that teaches the basics of lake management and provides essential information for managing private ponds.

The agenda will cover pond permitting and construction, basic limnology, liming/fertilizing/water quality, stocking/harvesting fish, trophy bass management, aquatic weed control, nuisance wildlife, shoreline erosion, aeration and more.

The program also will include a field tour where the instructor will demonstrate how to check fish health and population balance, test water and identify aquatic plants.

This program is geared more for owners/managers of fish ponds and irrigationponds. Another program geared more for residential and stormwater ponds will be offered in the Fall.

The program costs $50. This fee covers lunch, refreshments, a manual full of pond management literature, and several give-aways. This program also qualifies for three hours of pesticide recertification credits in category five (Aquatic Herbicides).

Those interested in attending must register for the program by contacting the Georgetown Extension office at 843-546-4481 or by emailing Sue Hastings at shastin@clemson.edu. Checks must be made out to Clemson University and sent to the Georgetown office at P.O.Box 1100, Georgetown, SC 29442. Please also provide contact information such as name and phone number.

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