Preliminary Investigations Of Chemical Soil And Water Relationships And Lime Treatment Of Soft Water In Georgia Farm Ponds 0 By H. D. Zltllltr And A. B. Mon'l'go:mltry Georgia Game And Fish Commission Atlanta, Georgia Abstract A general classification of pond waters according to hydrogen ion and total hardness of calcium and magnesium is correlated with the major soil regions in the state. Specific correlation between Piedmont soils and Coastal Plain soils are apparent. Limited data is available on lime treatment of soft waters and relationships to fertilization programs. Pond bottom soil analysis before and after liming exhibit beneficial nutrient releases following treatment, and water concentrations of calcium and magnesium and hydrogen ion are presented before and after lime treatment. The efficiency of fertilization programs have been improved following lime treatment and amounts of fertilizer required for optimum results reduced. Pending additional study and results, liming may be a necessary constituent in fertilization programs of ponds within certain soil areas of Georgia.