Lake/Pond Management Workshops

Have you ever experienced an algae bloom?  Fish kill? Murky water? Or do you just want to know what's going on in a lake or pond?

Join UNL–Extension and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality for a series of lake/pond management introductory workshops.  This workshop is free and open to everyone who makes decisions for and about lakes and/or ponds, and for anyone who wants to learn more about protecting them.  The first workshop will be held on June 2 at the Lancaster County Extension office at 444 Cherrycreek Rd in Lincoln.  There is no cost to attend this workshop, but registration is required.

Workshop topics include:
  • How lakes work – lake science basics
  • Southeast Nebraska characteristics and challenges
  • Determining lake capability
  • Collecting data
  • Project funding and regulations
  • Lake management planning
  • Resolving Common Maintenance Problems (Algae, fish kills, clarity, erosion, other pond animals)

Upcoming Workshops:

June 9: Hall County Extension Office - 6:00-8:00pm

June 16: Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office - 6:00 to 8:00pm

June 23: Seward County Extension Office - 6:00 to 8:00pm

To register email or call the Lancaster County Extension Office at 402-441-7180


Lakes, ponds and streams provide a variety of beneficial recreational and economic uses. Fishing, swimming, and providing wildlife habitat; added landscape aesthetics and increased property values; water for livestock and irrigation; these are just a few of the benefits returned to Nebraskans.

A publication from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission provides basic information on establishing and maintaining a pond. The Nebraska Pond Guide will help landowners determine the proper site location, set up and manage a quality fishery, and be successful at dealing with general maintenance that is part of keeping a healthy, viable pond.

Water quality protection practices properly implemented on the landscape can reduce or eliminate overland runoff water and associated pollutants which will enter lakes, ponds and streams.

Reducing the amount of nutrients such as phosphorus that enter a water body, is the most important step toward reducing toxic algae in lakes and ponds. Like many agriculturally dominated states, Nebraska waters have elevated nutrient levels and high potential for toxic algae outbreaks; thus the importance of water quality testing cannot be overstated. Testing is not only important to properly identify current or potential issues, but also to establish background data on a water body to which future tests can be compared. Water quality test data allows owners, users, and managers to make informed decisions regarding management of an individual lake, pond, or stream. Several Nebraska laboratories provide water testing services, although each offers different analysis options. 

In some cases shoreline, stream bank and/or lake restoration is the best option to sustain long term beneficial use of the lake, pond or stream.

Information presented within the Lakes, Ponds & Streams section of this Water Web site has been reviewed by University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lake, Pond and Stream Protection Team members Tom Franti, David Shelton, Steve Tonn and Charlie Wortmann.