Ecologically Based Small Pond Management

Within Chester County an estimated 3,000 ponds dot the landscape ranging in functions from recreational fishing to water supplies for livestock to stormwater management to aesthetic enhancement. A recent collaborative study led by West Chester University described some of the principle factors that affect the health of the ponds within the County and outlined some techniques to assist owners in managing their ponds.

Two Reports and a summary brochure
The study includes two reports and a summary brochure:
  • Volume 1: Management Strategies for the Small Pond Owner, and
  • Volume 2: The Limnology of Small Ponds
Volume 1: Management Strategies
for the Small Pond Owner

Small Pond Management Strategies Cover

A green hillside and wooden fence
A large pond and a hill with a house
Managing Small Ponds Brochure
Resources for Pond Management
While managing a pond can seem like a daunting task, there are numerous resources and pond management professionals that can provide guidance to property owners and managers.

  • Penn State Cooperative Extension and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission jointly maintain a very complete website with access to publications on a wide range of pond management topics.
  • The United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services in Pennsylvania provides both advice and contract services for goose management.