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Pond Design, Management and Maintenance

Course Code: EW0315CA16

Pond Design, Pond Management, and Pond Maintenance

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Last Held: April 15, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm (Check-in time: 8:30am)

Next offering tentatively planned for April 2017. Registration will open when course date is confirmed.


This one-day class is meant for pond owners, pond managers, landscape architects, engineers … and anyone involved with the design, management or maintenance of ponds! It is structured to help you make the proper decisions regarding the appearance, function or up-keep of your pond.

Starting with design, learn how to build a pond, including the construction of embankments and dams and the selection and installation of liners. You will also learn how to create and maintain a stable shoreline, create and aquascape littoral benches, and optimize habitat for fish and aquatic wildlife.

"Pond Design is a helpful course because it provides practical recommendations based on factors including product and installation costs, likely failures, and recommended maintenance."

- Katherine E. Childers, E.I.T.
Maser Consulting P.A.
Hamilton, NJ

In terms of the long-term maintenance of ponds – whether constructed for stormwater, irrigation, fishing or aesthetic purposes – learn how to:

  • Properly select, use and apply aquatic pesticides to control invasive aquatic weeds and algae;

  • Make use of non-pesticide, environmentally friendly techniques to control invasive aquatic weeds and algae;

  • Design and implement a dredging project, including the proper navigation of the environmental rules and regulations; and,

  • Correctly select, size and install various types of aeration systems.

Additionally, discover new ways to maximize the aesthetics and wildlife attributes of your pond using aquascaping and bioengineering techniques! This innovative approach combines landscaping and evolving engineering solutions to correct eroded shorelines, create and maintain stable and attractive vegetative shorelines, and integrate native, non-invasive, easy to maintain, and attractive plant species into the design of new ponds or the retrofit of existing ponds. Featured topics will include:

  • Establishment and enhancement of fish habitat;

  • Stabilization of undercut and failing pond embankments;

  • Creation of buffers for nutrient and pollutant removal; and,

  • Implementation of vegetative strategies to control Canada geese.

Additional focus is placed on the management of stormwater basins with respect to MS4 compliance requirements. This will cover inspections, maintenance, repair/enhancement and reporting/record keeping.

Meet the Instructors

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

Recertification Credits: 

The April 15, 2016 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 0.7 Rutgers CEUs, this pond design course has been approved for the following credits:

Pesticide Applicators
• New Jersey – 8 units in 5 (Aquatic) and 2 units in 13 (IPM in Schools)
• New York – 3 credits in 5A
• Pennsylvania – 4 credits in PC (private Category), 09 (Aquatic Pest Control) and 18 (Demonstration and Research)
• Maryland – 6 credits in 5 (Aquatic) and 10 (Demonstration and Research)
• Delaware – 4 credits in 5A (Aquatic)

Landscape Architects
• Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits – 7.25 hours
• New York – 7.0 hours (CL)

Other Continuing Education Credits
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 7.25 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).
• GCSAA – Pending
• Certified Public Works Managers – 3 Technical, 3 Management
• SAF – Pending
• TCH's – 6.5 Hours Approval #01-031101-30
• Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) - 6.75 CEUs

New Jersey Licensed Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
• 6 Continuing Professional Competency Credits

New York Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
• 6 PDHs (not acceptable if taken after Lake Management in the same triennial period)

This course is approved for 0.7 CEUs towards the NALMS' Certified Lake Manager/Certified Lake Professionals Program.

Faculty Coordinator and Guest Speakers

Faculty Coordinator:

Dr. Stephen Souza, President of Princeton Hydro, LLC., has over 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 and the Past President of the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society. He is also a certified Category 5 applicator in NJ, PA, NY and DE.

Guest Speakers:

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

Geoffrey Goll, P.E., is 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.


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Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and 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 Questions? Contact Us!

Senior Program Coordinator: Dalynn Knigge, 848-932-7315
Administrative Assistant: Bianca Scardina, 848-932-7316

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 tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.