Medina County is the unofficial pond capital of Ohio. With so many ponds, proper management is key. The water source for most ponds in Ohio is surface runoff from the surrounding land. That area of land is the watershed. Proper site selection, design, and construction are essential to the success of a small impoundment. Proper management of your pond requires that you know its surface area in acres and its volume.

Pond School:  You can attend our annual Pond School and choose sessions that best suit your pond needs.

Building a Pond?
Interested in building a new pond? Contact the Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). They are responsible for helping to get proper permits, site selection, and how to construct a quality pond.

The Pond Guidebook
The Pond Guidebook, NRAES-178, by Jim Ochterski et.al., and published by NRAES (2007) can be purchased at this link or a low-resolution fair-use PDF may be downloaded for personal use only. Very informative.

Ponds, Fisheries, and Aquatic Management Resources
Ohio Pond Newsletter Archives
Pond Updates

For more detailed questions, please contact Eugene Braig, Aquatic Ecosystems, Extension Program Director at 614-292-3823.