Too much green is making some Ohio farm ponds blue, and not in a good way.
Invasive aquatic plants, filamentous algae and harmful algal blooms, or HABs, are growing threats in the state, said Bill Lynch, program specialist in aquatic system management with Ohio State University Extension.
They’re popping up in places they’ve never been before; can turn waters slimy, pea-soupy and sometimes even poisonous; and can ruin a pond’s value to wildlife, fish and people.
The good news: You can learn ways to stop them in an upcoming workshop.
“Ponds with a Purpose” takes place on Saturday, July 24, at Ohio State University’s Molly Caren Agricultural Center — home of Farm Science Review — near London.
Lynch and Marne Titchenell, OSU Extension program specialist in wildlife, will teach it. OSU Extension’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program is the sponsor.
“I’ll be spending time, for the first time, educating on HABs, which have become a major problem in ponds and small lakes the past two summers,” Lynch said.… Continue readingRead More »