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Pond management program offered March 9

Curious about the health of your large pond? Succession is a normal process in which your pond wants to fill in so you cannot “fix it” once, you need to maintain it. Over time, without maintenance, this can lead to an ecological imbalance and an unhealthy pond ecosystem.

The University of Illinois Extension and the DeKalb County Soil and Water District will host a pond ecology program from 10 a.m. to noon March 9.

The presenters will focus on a ponds ecological health, as well as fish and weed management. Extension educators Duane Friend and Dave Shiley will share their expertise on fish and aquatic weed management. Friend will explain pond ecology and pond functions. Shiley will share what species of fish work best in a pond and the proper stocking rates. Killing weeds is much different in an aquatic situation verses on land and Shiley will offer ways to control these aquatic problems.

The presentation will be at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore. The cost is $10 a person. Register by calling the Extension at 815-758-8194.

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