Ponds serve several purposes from fishing to swimming to even increasing the value of your property. Building or maintaining one can be easy if you put a moderate amount of time and work into keeping it up. To learn more about constructing or keeping your pond happy, check out the The Pond Guidebook, recently published by the NRAES ( Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service). It offers plenty of information, including management tips, information about water chemistry, and a step-by-step procedure on how to construct a pond. The book was written for ponds that reside in the Northeast, the Great Lakes, and the Mid-Atlantic United States, but it looks like ponds from all over could benefit from this information. Or it’s just fun to look at the photographs of different landscapes and wildlife. Visit www.nraes.org to view some sample pages of the book.