Free pond clinic planned


SIDNEY — Ponds in Ohio provide important recreational, domestic, and agricultural uses. These can range from fishing, swimming, and wildlife viewing to water sources for humans and livestock, irrigation, and erosion control.

However, if you have a pond you need to know how to maintain it. Future maintenance begins at construction. Factors such as soil, side slopes and matching size and depth to the watershed are some of the important considerations before moving the first yard of soil.

Tri-County Pond Clinic — Shelby, Darke, & Miami Soil and Water Conservation Districts along with Ohio State University Extension — are partnering to hold a Pond Clinic Wednesday, July 21. The event will be held at the Stillwater Prairie “Old Pond” at 9750 OH-185, Covington, from 6-8p.m. This is a free event that includes topics of vegetation and fish management, pond construction, maintenance and wildlife concerns. Personnel from ODNR Division of Soil and Water, OSU Extension and ODNR Division of Wildlife will be on hand to answer pond questions.

Come dressed for the weather and bring a lawn chair or blanket.