Constructing, maintaining ponds topic of one-day class

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FARMINGTON — A pond construction and maintenance class will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the downstairs conference room at the Farmington Town Office, 152 Farmington Falls Road.

Each participant will leave with a “Ponds – Planning, Design, Construction” handbook plus new knowledge about ponds. They may purchase a copy of either the full version of DEP’s erosion and sedimentation handbook or the pocket field guide.

Candi Gilpatric, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service civil engineer, will discuss pond siting, construction and maintenance. Bobby VanRiper, retired Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist, will discuss the importance of oxygen levels and temperature for fish health along with other information. DEP regulations will be covered after a break. A question-and-answer period will be held.

After a short late morning break, anyone paying for the full class will head for the pond sites, discuss the construction points and answer questions. Certificates of participation will be given to those taking the class for recertification credits.

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Morning session only is $30, full session, $45. After Tuesday, Oct. 31, add a $10 late fee.

FMI, register: 207-778-4279, info@franklincswcd.org.

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