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Electricity builds for 'pond shock' demo

Reservations for event needed by Sept. 9

The Grundy County and Kendall County soil and water conservation districts will team up Sept. 12 to hold their annual pond shock/electrofishing demonstration. 

The demonstration will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature Illinois Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Biologist Rob Miller.  

During the pond shock, a small electrical current will run throughout the pond, stunning the fish and causing them to float to the surface. The fish are then netted and counted so the fish population can be assessed for variety and balance. This method is valuable in determining stocking rates, addressing maintenance concerns and defining overall pond health. 

This event includes resource materials and prize drawings. Area pond owners are encouraged to attend to learn about this useful tool.

The cost is $3 and includes a light dinner that will be served during the demonstration.

Reservations are required by Monday.

The pond is located southeast of Yorkville. Maps will be mailed one to two weeks prior to the demonstration.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending, please call the Grundy County SWCD office at 815-942-0359, ext. 3.  

The Grundy County Soil & Water Conservation District is located at 3605 N. Illinois 47, Suite B, Morris.

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