Clinic to teach public about ponds

CADIZ — For many homeowners, a home pond holds appeal. Whether it is the challenge in constructing one, the cultivation of different plants, or keeping of fish species, people find joy in maintaining a pond. An upcoming clinic in Harrison County will give curious residents the chance to learn a little more about building home ponds.

The clinic will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Puskarich Public Library, and is hosted by the Harrison Soil and Water Conservation District. Billy Wilson, forestry and wildlife technician for the organization, said that the SWCD has held similar clinics in the past, and they’ve proven to be popular with the public.

“We held one during the day last year, and we had a pretty good turnout,” Wilson said, noting that they were holding the clinic in the evening to try and see if they would have better attendance.

Wilson will be speaking to the audience with SWCD Watershed Specialist Josh Britton, and will be covering a variety of topics to assist pond owners in better managing their pond’s ecosystem.. The two will discuss pond construction and maintenance, identification and care of aquatic plants used in ponds, and proper selection and stocking of fish species for ponds. Although one might not think a lot of thought needs put into the live plants and fish put into a pond, but a balance between the two is important; the wrong kind of plants might poison the fish, and the wrong kind of fish might eat and kill the plants placed in their environment.

The clinic is free to the public, and Wilson encouraged attendees to bring a pen and paper to record any thoughts they might have. He said that he encourages anyone interested to attend.

“They’re fun to do,” he said. “I enjoy these clinics.”

The SWCD asks that attendees RSVP for the workshop by Monday, by calling the office at 740-942-8837.