Training teaches stormwater pond management

By for CAES News
University of Georgia

Whether it’s a trickle or rapid runoff, rainwater has to go somewhere when it hits the ground. That somewhere includes stormwater management ponds, and a University of Georgia class will provide information on keeping them in good shape.

“Stormwater Management Pond Training” will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Dec. 4, at Flinchum’s Phoenix in Athens, Ga. Frank Henning, a UGA Cooperative Extension watershed agent, will discuss topics ranging from vegetation management to retrofitting ponds for water and stormwater quality credits.

The training is free and is for anyone who owns or manages a stormwater pond.

“It’s designed to give them some of the tools they need to manage stormwater,” Henning said. “Stormwater ponds are designed to reduce flooding and reduce pollutants, but if they’re not properly maintained, they may not function properly.”

Those attending the class may receive credit toward their pesticide applicator licenses, including three hours of pesticide recertification for categories 24, 26 and 27 (ornamental and turf, aquatic and right of way).

For more information, call Frank Henning at (706) 542-8868. For those interested in recertification credit, call Josh Black at (706) 613-3440, ext. 385.

Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia Public Affairs Office.