Water quality is just one of many topics that will be addressed during the Clemson Extension pond management workshop July 19 in Hamer.

Water quality is just one of many topics that will be addressed during the Clemson Extension pond management workshop July 19 in Hamer.
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CLEMSON — Pond owners can learn about proper pond management during a workshop slated for July 19 in Hamer.

The training will be conducted by Clemson Extension agents Justin Ballew, a horticulture and agronomy agent, and Ben Powell, an area forestry and natural resources agent. It is geared toward pond owners and anyone considering building ponds on their property.

“This comprehensive training will provide in-depth guidance for handling all of the major pond challenges pond owners must manage,” Ballew said.

The training will be in two sessions – morning and afternoon. The morning session will be inside and the afternoon session will include field exercises.

Morning session topics:

  • Pond design and construction,
  • Water quality and fish productivity,
  • Assessing the fish community, and determining stocking and harvesting rates,
  • Trophy bass management,
  • Weed control, and
  • Nuisance wildlife control.

Afternoon session topics:

  • Identifying weeds,
  • Monitoring water quality, and
  • Assessing fish population balance and productivity.

Pesticide applicators will get three pesticide credits for attending the class.

Click here to go to Workshop audio.The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 19, at the Twin Lakes Country Club – 141 W. Country Club Road, Hamer. Lunch and a resources manual will be provided. Workshop registration fee is $50. Make checks payable to Clemson University. Registration may be brought or mailed to the Dillon County Extension Office, 200 S. 5th St., Dillon, S.C., 29536. For information, call (843) 774-8218.

Space is limited, so everyone interested in attending is asked to please register early.

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