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Pond Design, Management and Maintenance

Course Code: EW0315CA18

Pond Design, Pond Management, and Pond Maintenance

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Date & Time

April 20, 2018
8:30am - 5:00pm (Check-in time: 8:00am)


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.

Learner Objectives

Upon completion of the course, attendees will be able to design and construct new ponds and/or improve upon the appearance and function of existing small water bodies with the installation of embankments and dams. They will also be able to create and/or maintain stable shorelines and establish fish and vegetative habitats for continued up-keep.

Meet the Instructors

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

Recertification Credits: 

In addition to 0.7 Rutgers CEUs, this pond design course has been submitted for the following credits:

Pesticide Applicators
• New Jersey – 8 units in 5 (Aquatic)
• New York – 3 credits in 5a Aquatic Vegetation
• Pennsylvania – Pending
• Maryland – 8 credits in 5 (Aquatic)
• Delaware – 3 credits in 5A (Aquatic)

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) – 7.25 credits

NY Landscape Architects – 7 hours CL

NJ Landscape Architects/Land Surveyors: 7.5 hours

GCSAA – Pending

Certified Public Works Managers – 3 Technical, 3 Management

Society of American Foresters – Pending

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) - Pending

NJ Professional Engineers - 6 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits

NY Professional Engineers - Pending

NALMS' Certified Lake Manager/Certified Lake Professionals Program - 0.7 CEUs

NJ Water & Wastewater License Holders: 6.5 TCHs

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).

Course Instructors

Faculty Coordinator:

Stephen Souza, Lake Management Course Instructor

Dr. Stephen Souza, Founder of Princeton Hydro, LLC, has over 20 years of 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:

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, 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.


Early Registration Fee


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Registration Fee


After April 6, 2018

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