What information is available regarding pond construction and maintenance?
The Butler SWCD has a wide variety of fact sheets and other publications which focus on different aspects of pond construction, wildlife, fish, and plant life. Stop in and ask to see the "Pond Reference Guide". Some of the items on our "suggested reading" list include, but are certainly not limited to those listed below.
Ponds: For Work or Play- includes pond types, spillway requirements, design suggestions, construction hints, site selection tips, sealing and safety.
Guide to Aquatic Weed Control- calculations for surface area and acre foot, chemicals and safety
Pond Stocking- species and number/acre, some fish propagators
Sealing Leaking Ponds and Reservoirs- techniques, bentonite info, chemical additives, membranes
Two programs are held each spring to provide information about a variety of pond issues; management, stocking, weeds, wildlife, etc. See the calendar for this year's dates, or call 513-887-3720.
Before the program starts, someone is available for plant identification, so bring in a wet sample of your pesky plant. There is no charge for this program.
Is someone able to come out to my property and provide some advice?
Yes, but scheduling is tight. It's recommended that meetings be made at least one week in advance. With the county growing as quickly as it is, many people call for information and appointments. Spring is probably the busiest time of the year because of melting snow and heavy rains.
Also, please keep in mind the advice that is given, may not necessarily be what you want to hear. Recommendations are made based on facts and resources, and the nature of the land. For example, you may want to build a pond in your backyard. But if the planned site has an inappropriate soil type or doesn't meet proper drainage criteria, the suggestion would be to rethink the pond and/or site.
Is there someone you would recommend to build my new pond?
Since the Butler SWCD is a government agency, we can not suggest one business over another. However, a list of local contractors is available. It is up to you to contact the businesses you wish to deal with and work on your pond.