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Soil and water conservation district to hold pond construction and maintenance workshop

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — Have you been dreaming about adding a pond to your property? Perhaps you would like a place to stock trout, enjoy wildlife, to take a dip on a hot summer day or even have a water source for agricultural needs. If a pond is what you desire then join the staff of the Somerset and Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation Districts for a pond construction and maintenance workshop on Friday, June 9.

This workshop will provide participants with a complete plan for how to properly construct and maintain a pond on their property. Presenters will address design concepts, basic pond engineering, pond biology, maintenance and much more.

The session will be held in Dover-Foxcroft — the specific location will be announced once participants have registered — from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a morning classroom session, followed by field visits to two ponds built and maintained for different purposes. This workshop will start out with presentations from Scott Carter and Lori Richter, USDA NRCS engineers, Joe Dembeck, executive director of the Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District and Jim Beyer of the Maine DEP. Carter and Richter will cover engineering and design details for constructing a pond for various property types and uses.

Following that presentation, participants will hear from Dembeck about pond biology, pond maintenance and much more. The morning classroom session will conclude with a brief yet complete overview of the permits required to add a pond to a property. Each of these presentations will provide information and techniques that will then be discussed and shown during the afternoon in-field portion of this workshop.

Over the past several years, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District has received several requests for this workshop and district staff are happy to provide landowners with this valuable information. For more information or to register, please contact the district at 42 Engdahl Drive, 564-2321 extension 3 or info@piscataquisswcd.org.

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