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Workshop to Teach NKY Pond Owners How to Manage Scum, Algae

People who own ponds and want to combat the scum that grows upon them, can learn how at "The Good, Bad, and the Managed", a workshop hosted by the conservation districts of Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties, and the Foundation for Ohio River Education.

The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, September 7 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Boone County Extension Enrichment Center in Burlington.

The cost is $20 and includes lunch and take-home materials.

This workshop will teach participants how to identify toxin-producing algae that can harm pets and livestock, and how to best address the water quality conditions that contribute to nuisance blooms of algae and aquatic plants in farm ponds, subdivision ponds and retention ponds.

The workshop will include an outing to a local pond where participants will sample algae and test water quality conditions. Participants will also learn how to identify algae under a microscope with the help of local scientists, including world-renowned algae expert Dr. Miriam Steinitz-Kannan. Attendees are encouraged to bring in their own pond samples for identification.

Participants will work with experts from Boone County Conservation District to learn strategies for addressing the root causes of algal blooms, including nutrient pollution and storm water runoff.

Participants must register online at http://bccdky.org/gbm-algae/ , or by contacting the Boone County Conservation District office at 859-586-7903, ex. 3. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be available for conservation professionals who attend.

-Staff report

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