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Lake Management

Course Code: EW0301CA18

Lake Management Training

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Last Held: November 16-17, 2017
8:30am - 4:30pm (Check in time on Day 1: 8:00am)

Next offering tentatively planned for Fall 2018. Registration will open when course date is confirmed.


Whether you are a lake manager or a lake resident, an ecologist or an engineer, this popular two-day course is for you. From small ponds to large lakes, drinking water reservoirs to fishing lakes, if you want your lake and watershed management efforts to be successful you need a technically sound foundation. This course will give you the training needed to properly investigate and diagnose lake quality problems and to develop and implement cost-effective, restoration measures.

Recently redesigned and updated, this course will teach you how to evaluate what is needed to properly protect, manage and restore your pond, lake or reservoir. Professionals will guide you through the benefits and pitfalls of all of the most commonly implemented lake and pond management measures. The new, interactive nature of the course will provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss the specific issues and problems impacting the condition of their waterbody. The course also provides for "hands-on" problem solving and the in-class application of the featured course topics.


DAY ONE: November 16, 2017

  • Overview of Ecology of Lakes, Ponds and Reservoirs
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Implementation of a Lake Restoration Plan
  • Identification of Invasive Aquatic Weeds and Nuisance Algae
  • IPM Strategies – Proper Selection and Use of Algaecide and Herbicides
  • IPM Strategies – Physical and Biological Non-Algaecide/Herbicide Techniques

DAY TWO: November 17, 2017

  • Silt and Erosion Problem Solving
  • Design of Aeration System
  • Implementation of a Dredging Project
  • Aquascaping, Shoreline Stabilization and Lakeside Buffers
  • Maximizing Your Recreational Fishery
  • Management Strategies for Controlling Canada Geese
  • Interactive Group Problem Solving

Unable to attend both days? Take a moment to review the featured topics above and register for the one-day only option with your registration. Be sure to specify Thursday, November 16 or Friday, November 17!

Learner Objectives

Upon completion of the course, attendees will be able to evaluate small ponds and lakes and diagnose existing or potential future water quality issues. Following analysis, they will also be able to develop and implement cost-effective restoration measures to maintain water quality and/or restore quality to an acceptable level.

Meet the instructors of Lake Management

Related Resource: View Water Quality Fact Sheets & Bulletins from the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

Continuing Education Credits

The November 16-17, 2017 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

In addition to 1.2 Rutgers CEUs, this lake management training course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Pesticide Applicators: Day 1: 13 Units in 5 (Aquatic), 2 Units in Core (Basic Safety and Handling)
Day 2: 10 Units in 5 (Aquatic)

NY Pesticide Applicators: Day 1: 5 units in 5a
Day 2: 3 units in 5a, 1 unit in 5c

DE Pesticide Applicators: Day 1: 5 credits in 5A – Aquatic. No credits were approved for Day 2.

MD Pesticide Applicators: 6 credits in 5 (Aquatic) and 10 (Demonstration and Research)

PA Pesticide Applicators: 4 units in PC (Private Category), 09 (Aquatic Pest Control), 18 (Demonstration & Research) and 23 (Park/School Pest Control)

NALMS Certified Lake Managers/Professionals: 1.2 CEUs

NJ Water/Wastewater License Holders: 12 TCHs (6 per day - Approval #01-100901-30)

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits: 14.0

Landscape Architect (NYS): 14 hr CL

NJ Certified Public Works Managers: 5 Technical, 3 Management, 2 Government

ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 13.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

NJ Professional Engineers: 12 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits

NY Professional Engineers: 11 PDHs (Day 1 = 6 PDHs, Day 2 = 5 PDHs).
**NOTE: If person has taken Pond Management, only Day 2 credits will be accepted for this course. This class may not be used to fulfill the land surveyors continuing education requirement in NYS.**

Golf Course Superintendents (GCSAA): 1.2 Education Points


Faculty Coordinator:

Stephen Souza, Lake Management Course Instructor

Dr. Stephen Souza is the Founder of Princeton Hydro, LLC and has 20 years experience managing and restoring lakes, including extensive work with lake associations. He is the Past President of the North American Lake Management Society, an ad-hoc member of the State's Lake Advisory Task Force and the Past President of the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society.

Additional Instruction:

Geoffrey Goll, Lake Management Course Instructor

Geoffrey Goll, P.E., is President of Princeton Hydro, LLC and a licensed professional engineer in a number of states in the northeast. He has over 15 years of experience in the restoration of lakes, including numerous large-scale dredging and dam restoration projects. His background encompasses soils, stormwater management, hydrology, environmental assessments, and environmental permitting.

Mark Gallagher, Lake Management Course Instructor

Mark Gallagher is Vice President of Princeton Hydro, LLC. He brings to this course over 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of lake and pond aquascaping planting plans that have been implemented at golf courses, private and public lakes, stormwater quality management facilities, and public parks and recreational areas throughout the northeast and middle Atlantic States. He is also exceptionally experienced in State and Federal permit requirements for such projects.


Registration Fee TBD
One Day Only TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


We strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Duke Farms
1112 Duke Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills, 848-932-7234

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.