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OSU Extension and Ohio WRC Seeks Pond Owners, Managers to Participate in Project

Algae doesn't just pose a problem for Lake Erie and other large bodies of water. It and other pond vegetation can be a challenge for neighborhood ponds, too.

Medina County has been chosen as the site of a pilot project designed to help improve the management of ponds and small lakes that specifically have shared ownership or where multiple homes share the water resource.

The Medina County office of Ohio State University Extension is looking for pond managers, homeowners associations and shared-pond owners to help.

If you own or manage a multiple-property pond of approximately 3 to 5 acres or larger in Medina County, OSU Extension specialists would like participants to complete a survey about their pond, followed by selected pond visits to sample water and discuss challenges, concerns, and work to improve pond management for you and other pond-users.  Participants may stop their involvement at any time.

The project will result in new educational materials, tools and programming to be used throughout Ohio to assist with challenges related to the management of ponds that support multiple properties. 

Project partners include OSU Extension, the Ohio Water Resources Center of Ohio State’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, and the Ohio Lake Management Society.

Those interested may contact Ashley Kulhanek, Agriculture and Natural Resource Extension Educator at 330-725-4911, ext. 106, by August 12, 2016 for details or to sign up.