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Natural Resources University


Natural Resources University is a podcast network focused on delivering science-based information for natural resource management.

Funding for this project comes from the Renewable Resources Extension Act.


Jan 19, 2021

In this episode of Pond University, we talk with Scott Wagner, a Certified Agricultural Engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Scott has worked on pond construction and maintenance (among many other things) for over 18 years. Scott discusses the importance of proper planning and permitting for pond construction, and conducting annual inspections for maintaining your pond. He also provides a bunch of useful information and resources for pond management, including potential financial assistance for conservation projects. So, if you are thinking about building a new pond, or need help fixing a leaking pond; hopefully, this episode can help you.


USDA-NRCS website:

NRCS Ponds - Planning, Design, Construction Handbook:

NRCS Field Office Technical Guide:

Web Soil Survey:

Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts:

Indiana DNR Division of Water:

Indiana Waterways Inquires Request Portal:

Indiana 811:

IDNR Lake and River Enhancement Program:

NRCS Pond Inspection Checklist:

Mitch’s profile page:

Mitch’s twitter:

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Pond and wildlife management website:

Natural Resources University website:

Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources website:

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant website:

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