Pond Owners Workshop

Linesville, Pa. — To address the basics of pond management, Bryan Swistock from Penn State Extension, and representatives from the Crawford Conservation District as well as the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society, will offer a workshop from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 19th. The program will be presented at the St. Philip Church Social Hall in Linesville, PA.

Ponds can provide many recreational benefits to homeowners, but they have their share of problems, says a water resources specialist in Penn State’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. “Some may develop leaks or fill with sediment,” says Extension Associate Bryan Swistock. “The water may be muddy, or choked with weeds and algae. And sometimes, that big fish you hoped would be there for the kids to catch just doesn’t materialize.”

During the program, Swistock and others will offer tips and advice on common pond problems and proper management. The program involves presentations as well as a question and answer program.

“The most frequent questions involve the control of aquatic plants and weeds,” says Swistock, “so we’ll spend time discussing how to identify and control nuisance plants and algae. We also get a lot of questions about fisheries, so we’ll discuss the best kinds of fish to stock, the species to avoid and how to harvest to keep the populations balanced.”  Lastly, for those folks that are interested in building a pond there will be information on site selection, permitting, and choosing a contractor.

The cost of the program is $10.00. Pre-register by March 16th  to insure sufficient handout materials. For more information on the program, contact the Crawford County Conservation District at 814-763-5269.  Pond Workshop Brochure

Snow Removal

More Information “Time To Shovel The Snow Removal Myths!” Click here for more Snow and Ice Removal tips! Slip Sliding Away! Tips for Snow and Ice Removal Snow and Ice Removal recommendations                       read more →

Stormwater – Team Hellbender Outreach Project

“Stormwater!” Center for Watershed Protection read more →

Riparian Areas

More Information “What’s The Deal With Riparian Zones?!!!”                         read more →

Fencing

More Information “Happy Cows, Happy Creeks!”                         read more →

Wetlands

Wetlands can save you money (and a headache)! Wetlands often get a bad rap with people who do not understand their importance and necessity within the landscape. Often these areas are seen as a “waste of space”, however overlooking these important areas can lead to severe problems over time. Wetlands are often thought of as.. read more →