Wednesday, August 17, 2016

2016 Pond Clinic

The rain didn't stop twenty eager to learn people from coming to our pond clinic. The Guernsey SWCD and Guernsey OSU Extension held a pond clinic on 8/16/2016 at Bill Bertram's farm. Bill showed us his unique irrigating system where he pumps water from his pond to his many fields of produce to ensure they have enough water during the dry summer months. Bill and his wife Shirley own and operate Bertram's Farm Market on St. Rt. 800 in eastern Guernsey County. Chris Skatula, NRCS Civil Engineer Tech. discussed pond design, construction, soils, and other factors to consider before building a pond on your property. Clif Little, Guernsey County OSU Extension Educator talked to us about all the different pond weeds that can be problematic in a pond and many different ways that they can be dealt with both biologically, and chemically. Levi Arnold Guernsey SWCD Wildlife/Forestry Specialist wrapped up the discussion by talking about wildlife in ponds, ways that people can create habitat for the fish they're trying to manage in ponds, how pond design can effect wildlife and some nuisance wildlife in ponds and how to deal with them. We would like to thank Guernsey SWCD Ag Resource Specialist for organizing this event. We would also like to thank our board member Bill and his wife Shirley Bertram for hosting this great event and Ruth Ford and Shirley Bertram for whipping up a wonderful supper for us all. For more information about ponds or our fall fish sale please contact the district at 740-489-5276.

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