Master Pond Manager
The Master Pond Manager (MPM) achievement course will incorporate self-paced webinar lectures, hands-on participation activities in the field, exams, and other web-based methods of participant-instructor interaction. Course subject areas will include:
- pond design and function
- water quality monitoring
- integrated weed management
- best management practices for water quality protection
- planning for inspection and maintenance
- fish management
Course curriculum will be a two tract, simultaneous program. Participants can choose to complete the full, six-week e-learning, field curriculum, and exam to obtain the marketable Master Pond Manager recognition. To obtain the recognition, a participant will demonstrate increased content knowledge in both recreational and stormwater pond management areas. Alternatively, participants can complete an abbreviated four- week e-learning and field curriculum to gain a “Certificate of Completion” in recreational pond or stormwater pond management. This abbreviated course option is designed to allow private pond owners, such as a homeowner association member, the opportunity to gain content knowledge in one of the pond management areas without the rigor of the full achievement program.
The program development team leader for this course is C. Guinn Garrett. The initial offering for this course is expected in Spring 2015.