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Master Pond Manager: Stormwater Pond Management

Time limit: 49 days

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Course Description:

The Stormwater Pond Management course is designed to teach participants a wide range of stormwater pond management skills.  This "hybrid" course combines online and face-to-face learning, incorporating self-paced lectures, discussions, and quizzes, along with hands-on field day activities.

Course Goals:

  • Educate pond owners and pond management professionals on stormwater pond management techniques.
  • Assist pond owners and pond management professionals in implementing pond management decisions to maintain the purpose of stormwater ponds.
  • Increase pond owner and pond management professional awareness of the connection between pond management and watershed health.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Incorporate integrated plant management techniques into pond management plans. 
  • Explain the importance of conducting regular inspections of stormwater ponds. 
  • Employ shoreline buffers as a strategy for pond shoreline erosion mitigation and water quality protection. 
  • Identify and describe the ways in which landscape management plays a direct role in pond water quality and water quality in receiving water bodies. 
  • Develop a maintenance strategy for stormwater ponds that can be used in future pond decision making.

Course Topics:

  • Stormwater Pond Design, Inspection, and Maintenance 
  • Water Quality for Stormwater Ponds
  • Integrated Aquatic Plant Management
  • Best Management Practices for Stormwater Ponds

Course Requirements:

To successfully complete this course, participants are expected to complete all course learning activities and attend one mandatory field day. Learning activities include viewing all instructional videos, completing module level quizzes (score of 80% or higher), and participating in all module discussion forums.

Technical Requirements:

To participate fully in this course, you will need:

  • An active email address for the individual participating in the course.
  • A desktop computer or laptop (recommended): Canvas is available on mobile devices, but some content may appear differently.
  • Access to a high-speed internet connection.
  • A web browser compatible with Canvas: Chrome and Firefox are recommended.
  • Headphones or speakers (closed captioning also available).
  • Computer skills including Internet browsing, using email, typing, downloading files, and basic troubleshooting.

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