WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and University of Missouri Extension will host pond management workshops in Ripley and Oregon counties in March. Blake Stephens, a MDC fisheries management biologist, said the workshops are designed for anyone who has, or would like to install a pond on their property.
“We’ll discuss pond construction considerations, the best ways to manage pond fish and improve your personal fishery,” Stephens said, adding common problems with fish populations such as aquatic plant habitat and water quality are on the workshop agenda. Landowners can expect opportunities to interact and ask questions of local conservation professionals.
The Oregon County workshop is Tuesday, March 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oregon County Courthouse in Alton. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, so registration is requested by March 20. To register, call the Oregon County Extension Office at (417)778-7490.
The Ripley County workshop is Thursday, March 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the 4-H exhibit building on the fairgrounds in Doniphan. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, so registration is requested by March 29. To register, call the Ripley County Extension Office at (573)996-2921.
For more information about pond management, go online to www.mdc.mo.gov.