Updated: March 13, 2023
By Jacqueline Takacs

Pond & Watershed Management Summary

Prior to digging or re-digging a pond, landowners need to contact their Soil Conservation District or Natural Resources Conservation Service Office to obtain the appropriate permits. In most counties, these offices can offer assistance in pond sitting and design.

Surface water run-off into a pond is the primary source of pollutants (nutrients) to a pond. Some "Bay Friendly" landscape practices that can be used to minimize the run-off of nutrients into a pond include:

  • Minimizing paved areas
  • Controlling water flow
  • Proper lawn maintenance
  • Not mowing up to the edges of the pond
  • Planting flower/shrub beds
  • Planting buffer strips