Charles Lutz, Merrill, Thomas A. | 5/4/2005 2:14:33 AM
The LSU AgCenter will hold an educational session on recreational pond management from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 10 at sites across the state.
Offered through the LSU AgCenter’s distance education network, the program will originate from Baton Rouge and will be available at facilities in Lake Charles, Calhoun, Pollock, Alexandria, Metairie, Bossier City, Rosepine, Winnsboro and Lake Providence.
LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Dr. Greg Lutz said topics to be discussed include include design and construction of recreational ponds, habitat development, water quality, turbidity control, fertilization recommendations, liming procedures, stocking rates and combinations, responding to fish kills, managing diseases and population balance, weed identification and control and deterring predators and pests
"The number of small ponds in Louisiana has increased dramatically as a result of housing construction patterns in suburban/rural transition zones throughout the state," Lutz said. "Based on input from LSU AgCenter field faculty, as of 2005, an estimated 90,000 to 120,000 recreational and farm ponds probably exist within Louisiana, and those have a total of 30,000 to 40,000 surface acres."
Lutz said a recent survey of recreational pond owners indicated average yearly expenditures of $200 per acre for pond management.
"Prior analysis of LSU AgCenter programming efforts related to recreational ponds suggests typical savings to clientele of $50 to $300 per acre when following our management recommendations," Lutz said of the potential value of participating in the educational session or following other information from the LSU AgCenter. "Common areas of consultation include pond design, turbidity problems, stock management and control of nuisance aquatic weeds."
For specific information on the LSU AgCenter distance education site nearest to you that will be offering the program, contact your parish LSU AgCenter Extension office.
The LSU AgCenter sites are:
–LSU AgCenter, Efferson Hall Room 214, LSU Campus, Baton Rouge
–Calcasieu Parish Extension Office, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles
–Calhoun Research Station, 321 Highway 80 East, Calhoun
–Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center, 2944 Highway 8, Pollock
–Dean Lee Research Station, 8105 East Campus Ave., LSU-Alexandria, Alexandria
–Jefferson Urban Center, 6640 Riverside Drive, Suite 100, Metairie
–Red River Research Station, 262 Research Station Road, Bossier City
–Rosepine Research Station, 176 Research Station Road, Rosepine
–Scott Research, Extension and Education Center, 212 Macon Ridge Road, Winnsboro
–West Carroll Parish Extension Office, Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center, 10284 Highway 17, Oak Grove