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Seminar focuses on pond site selection, stocking

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 30, 2019 8:20 am

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Farm pond and fish management will be the topic of a June 5 seminar in Camp Point.

The Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will sponsor the seminar which begins at 5 p.m. at Arrowhead Lake, located on the east side of South Main Street across from the golf course in Camp Point.

"We want to help landowners select a proper site for a pond on their land, and if they already have a pond, to maintain the pond dam and pond itself for long-term enjoyment," said Brad Smith, resource conservationist with the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Featured speakers will be Blake Ruebush, a fish biologist with IDNR, and Jim Gieker, a civil engineering technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Ruebush "will be able to let pond owners know the fish and amount of fish species to stock relevant to this part of the state," Smith said. "He will also cover pond aquatic weed control, which between his office and our office is one of the most frequent pond information requests."

Gieker will focus on pond site selection, general construction guidelines and pond maintenance.

A light supper will be served after the seminar.

Registration is due by Monday, and more information is available by calling the Adams County SWCD at 217-224-9307, ext. 3.

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