Apr 13

Rutgers University - Off Campus

This course is structured to help you make the proper decisions regarding the appearance, function or up-keep of your pond. Starting with design, learn how to build a pond, including the construction of embankments and dams and the selection and installation of liners. Learn also how to create and maintain a stable shoreline, create and aquascape littoral benches, and optimize habitat for fish and aquatic wildlife. In terms of the long-term maintenance of ponds, whether constructed for stormwater, irrigation, fishing or aesthetic purposes, learn how to: Properly select, use and apply aquatic pesticides to control invasive aquatic weeds and algae; Make use of non-pesticide, environmentally friendly techniques to control invasive aquatic weeds and algae; Design and implement a dredging project, including the proper navigation of the environmental rules and regulations; and, Correctly select, size and install various types of aeration systems Additionally, discover new ways to maximize the aesthetics and wildlife attributes of your pond using aquascaping and bioengineering techniques! This innovative approach combines landscaping and evolving engineering solutions to correct eroded shorelines, create and maintain stable and attractive vegetative shorelines, and integrate native, non-invasive, easy to maintain, and attractive plant species into the design of new ponds or the retrofit of existing ponds. Featured topics will include: Establishment and enhancement of fish habitat; Stabilization of undercut and failing pond embankments; Creation of buffers for nutrient and pollutant removal; and, Implementation of vegetative strategies to control Canada geese. NEW FOR 2012!! Learn the basics regarding various regulations governing pesticide use and permits, including an update on the new 2012 NPDES permit requirement! Additional focus is placed on the management of stormwater basins with respect to MS4 compliance requirements. This will cover inspections, maintenance, repair/enhancement and reporting/record keeping.