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Pond Design, Management, and Maintenance

ONLINE COURSE

Course Code: EW0315WB21

Pond Design, Pond Management, and Pond Maintenance

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Date & Time

Last Held: April 15-16, 2021
8:15am - 12:15pm EDT (Log-in time: 8:00am EDT)

Next offering TBD

Description

HOT TOPIC: HARMFUL ALGAE BLOOMS

Recently residents statewide have felt the recreational and economic impacts caused by Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs). What occurred that triggered intense blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) growth and the production of the cyanotoxins linked to human and pet health problems? How is the state tracking such blooms and what can you do to protect your pond from experiencing a HAB? Learn this and much more in the Rutgers online Pond Design course!

 

This online 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. Some of the topics covered 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 Instructor

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

Recertification Credits: 

The April 15-16, 2021 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 submitted for the following credits:

Pesticide Applicators
• New Jersey: 13 units in Category 5 (Aquatic)
• New York: 3.75 credits in Category 5A (Aquatic Vegetation Control)
• Pennsylvania: 4 credits in Category 9 (Aquatic Pest Control), Category 18 (Demonstration & Research), Category 23 (Park / School Pest Control), and PC (Private Category)
• Maryland: 8 credits in Category 5 (Aquatic) & 10 (Demonstration & Research)
• Delaware: 3 credits in Category 5A (Aquatic)

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES): 7.25 hours

NY Landscape Architects: 7 hrs CL

NJ Landscape Architects: 7 hours

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): 7 CEUs

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA): 0.70 Education Points

NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): 3 Technical, 3 Management

Society of American Foresters (SAF): 6.5 Category 2 CFEs

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

NY Professional Engineers: 6 PDHs

NY Land Surveyors: 6 PDHs

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

NJ Licensed Water & Wastewater Operators: 6.5 TCHs (Approval #01-031101-30)

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 7.5 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

Course Instructor
Stephen Souza, Lake Management Course Instructor

Dr. Stephen J. Souza is the owner of Clean Waters Consulting, LLC. He has over 35 years of project experience managing and restoring lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. Dr. Souza received his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, his M.S. from Rutgers University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Souza is the Founder of Princeton Hydro, LLC and served as the company's President until his recent retirement from Princeton Hydro in 2019.

Dr. Souza has served as an instructor and course coordinator for the Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education for over 25 years. He is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University and also conducts professional continuing education courses at Montclair State University.

Dr. Souza is a past president of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS), as well as the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society (PALMS). He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC). Dr. Souza's achievements include the NJ-American Water Resources Association Peter J. Homack Award (2012), the NALMS Lake Management Success Story Award (2017), and the NYS Federation of Lake Associations Lake Tear of the Clouds Award (2018). He is a frequent guess speaker for the NJ Coalition of Lake Associations, as well as NJDEP, NYSDEC, and other entities dedicated to the protection, restoration, and management of water resources.

Fees

Early Registration Fee

TBD

 

Registration Fee

TBD

 

Cancellation Fee

TBD

 

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Meals

No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online class will be delivered via Webex. Registration will close on April 15, 2021. On April 14, registrants will receive an email with a link to access the course and a document with tips on how to use Webex. Please log into Webex at 8:00am EDT (15 minutes before the course start time) for a brief overview of the online format. The course will start promptly at 8:15 am EDT.

Equipment needed to access this training:

  • A computer or tablet
  • Microphones and webcams are required, as this is a very interactive course

Photo ID Requirement:

Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.

  • You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
  • The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
  • After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.

IMPORTANT: A UNIQUE EMAIL ADDRESS IS REQUIRED FOR EACH REGISTRANT TO ACCESS OUR ONLINE COURSES

  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Note: Pre-registration is required.

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Attention U.S. Veterans

This course is 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.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.