Pond & Stream Care

Make the most of your private Missouri lake or pond. Topics include brief technical sheets known as Aquaguides and other pond-related info to help you control water plants, improve fishing and frogging, build and maintain better ponds, and manage your pond's water quality.

Learn best practices for building near Missouri streams, stabilizing stream banks, and sustainable sand and gravel removal.

In This Section

Ponds: Plant Management

Find resources to help you learn how to manage your Missouri pond's vegetation.

Ponds: Fish & Frog Management

Help improve your Missouri pond's fish and frog populations.

Ponds: Construction & Maintenance

We show you how to build, stock, and care for your Missouri pond.

Ponds: Water Quality

How to clear your Missouri pond of muddy water, minimize fish kills, and how annual turnover may affect your pond's water quality.

Streams: Erosion Control & Prevention

Prevent erosion problems on your Missouri property by practicing sustainable sand and gravel removal. This page explains how.

Streams: Construction Best Practices

Safeguard Missouri's waterways and fish during construction projects. Browse best management practices for building near streams. 

Streams: Tree Revetments Stabilize Stream Banks

A tree revetment, made by anchoring trees along a stream bank, is an inexpensive, effective way of stopping stream bank erosion.

Missouri Pond Handbook (pdf, 1 MB)

Topics in this 72-page book include developing a new fishing pond, managing a new fishing pond, managing an old pond, common pond problems, and recommendations.

Missouri Watershed Protection Practice (pdf, 4 MB)

Download these guidelines about maintaining forested watersheds to protect streams.

Construction Projects Near Streams (pdf, 18 KB)

Safeguard Missouri's waterways and fish during construction projects. Browse best management practices for building near streams.

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