Pond Safety Following completion of pond construction, life saving equipment should be installed around the pond and kept in place at all times. A pond will become an attraction to both invited as well as uninvited guests, which makes drowning an unfortunate possibility. Making your pond as safe as possible, therefore, is a wise choice.
Warning signs should be placed near specific danger areas and a general information sign can be erected to explain pond depth, where life saving equipment is located, nearest telephone location and whom to call in case of emergency.
Be sure to check with your homeowner's insurance agent about the added liability of a pond and any safety equipment your homeowner's policy may require, such as fencing, to control access to the pond.
Management To assist you in managing your pond for fish and control of aquatic vegetation, a helpful publication has been developed by Michigan State University Extension. "Managing Michigan Ponds for Sport Fishing", #E1554.
This publication includes information on building fish ponds, stocking and managing ponds with fish, aquatic plants and their control, controlling animal nuisances, pond safety and other information. To obtain a copy of this helpful publication, contact the Washtenaw County MSU Extension office, located in the County Service Center, 705 N. Zeeb Road, P.O. Box 8645, Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645. Phone: (734) 997-1678.
Fish Stocking The Conservation District offers Fish Day events to help pond owners stock their ponds. Check the Fish Day page for information about when the next Fish Day event will be held.
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