Earth Calendar for August 1st and August 2nd

Aug 1, 2012

Excessive algae growth on ponds and lakes used for livestock, storm water detention ponds, and public use can be a nuisance. While most of these excessive growths are not harmful, some of the growths in our area have been determined to be blue-green algae. Certain species of this particular algae can produce different toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. Animals can become extremely ill, and even die after swallowing contaminated water.  Humans can also experience serious health effects from these toxins.  You can find out what’s in your pond August 11th from 9:00 a.m. - noon at the Stork Farms, 3395 Easton Lane, Burlington KY. Bring a lawn chair and a sample of water from your pond to see what’s growing in your water. You will learn to identify common algae and use simple test kits to measure dissolved oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and bacteria.  The session will also include information about Best Management Practices that can be used to help control algae growth in any setting.  The focus will be on long-term strategies to improve the water quality in your pond.  Dr. Miriam Kannan from Northern Kentucky University will be a featured speaker and will include a look at two different ponds on the Stork Farm.  The field day is sponsored by the Boone, Campbell and Kenton County Conservation Districts, through a grant from the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Fund. Register by Thurs., Aug. 8  by e-mailing: or calling 859-586-7903. 

On Our Calendar:  Visit the Campbell County Environmental Education Center August 11th, 1:00 pm and learn how to build a bird feeder. All kits are premade and all you have to do is drill some holes and hammer in some nails! The Center is located at 1261 Racetrack Rd Alexandria, KY  41001. For information and registration call(859) 694-1666