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Keeping my spring fed pond healthy #555176

Asked April 23, 2019, 11:42 AM EDT

My husband and I recently purchased 14 acres in Jones, Michigan and our property has a large spring fed pond. I would like to become educated on how to keep the pond healthy and/or bring it back to health if needed. I don't know where to start and was wondering if there were any programs or classes that can get us on the right path. We would love to develop the shoreline with nesting boxes for wood ducks and potentially plant shoreline grasses to help with run off and erosion. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Cass County Michigan

Expert Response

Thank you for your recent inquiry about keeping your pond healthy. Your spring fed pond and property sound wonderful!

There are a few resources that you might find helpful about ponds posted (look under the Pond Management section):
https://www.oakgov.com/msu/programming/Pages/natural-resources.aspx

Also, you can check out the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership for some great resources. While focused on inland lakes, thea lot of the information can apply to ponds, particularly the native plant lists.

Looks like the closest natural shoreline event is being offered on May 15th in Berrien Center:
https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=873EE3070F2F813010165BD698A7D5807EC4F7586B0839BD86C5B067F17BA14D

Other events are scheduled as well:
http://www.mishorelinepartnership.org/events.html

You may also contact Beth Clawson, Natural Resources Educator, based in Kalamazoo County, with any specific questions you might have:
269-330-5554; clawsonb@msu.edu

Bindu Bhakta Replied April 26, 2019, 11:08 AM EDT

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