Denton County Pond Workshop scheduled for April 17

Aquatic weeds can choke a pond of oxygen and discourage recreation. Their control will be discussed at the annual pond workshop April 17 in Aubrey.  Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife and fisheries specialist, Overton, will be one of the speakers. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

Aquatic weeds can choke a pond of oxygen and discourage recreation. Their control will be discussed at the annual pond workshop April 17 in Aubrey. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife and fisheries specialist, Overton, will be one of the speakers. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

AUBREY – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Denton County and the Denton County AgriLife Extension agriculture committee will hold its annual pond workshop from 4:30-9 p.m. April 17 at the Rancho De La Roca, 2459 Blackjack Road West in Aubrey.

“In Denton County we have many stock tanks or ponds that landowners and livestock producers rely on as water sources and for recreation,” said Brandon Boughen, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Denton County. “Understanding the aquatic ecosystem allows us to understand why oxygen depletion happens in ponds, and what products we can use to get rid of algae growth and weeds.”

Registration will be $15 and will include a fried catfish meal and educational materials, Boughen said. Registration will start at 4:30, and payable at the door, but an RSVP to Pamela Hill at 940-349-2894 is required by April 14. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to “Ag Demo Fund.”

Topics and speakers will include: Water Quality Measures, Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries specialist, Overton; Weed Control Measures, Will Moseley, wildlife and fisheries consultant with the Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Okla.; Stocking Rates, Bob Lusk, owner of Texoma Hatchery and editor of Pond Boss Magazine; and Pond Construction, Mike Otto, owner of Otto’s Dirt Service, Lindsey.

For more information contact Boughen or Hill at 940-349-2894.

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