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Workshop to help manage pond scum and harmful algae at Boone County Extension Enrichment Center

Got pond scum?

Farmers, landowners and professionals who want to maintain healthy lakes and ponds are invited to attend “The Good, Bad and the Managed” workshop, hosted by the Boone, Kenton and Campbell Conservation Districts and the Foundation for Ohio River Education.

The workshop will be held from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, September 7th, at the Boone County Extension Enrichment Center, located in Burlington, Kentucky. Cost is $20, and includes a catered lunch and take-home materials.

This workshop will teach participants how to identify toxin-producing algae that can harm pets and livestock, and how to best address the water quality conditions that contribute to nuisance blooms of algae and aquatic plants in farm ponds, subdivision ponds and retention ponds.

The workshop will include an outing to a local pond where participants will sample algae and test water quality conditions. 

Participants will also learn how to identify algae under a microscope with the help of local scientists, including world-renowned algae expert Dr. Miriam Steinitz-Kannan. Attendees are encouraged to bring in their own pond samples for identification.

Most importantly, participants will work with experts from Boone County Conservation District to learn strategies for addressing the root causes of algal blooms, including nutrient pollution and storm water runoff.

Participants must register online here, or by contacting the Boone County Conservation District office at 859-586-7903, ext. 3.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be available for conservation professionals who attend.

Foundation for Ohio River Education (FORE)


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