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Pond dug ?
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DJ    Posted 02-17-2002 at 06:25:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
How much does it cost to have a pond dug in the mid west?

What constitutes a good location for digging the pond?

Are there any hints or lessons learned about a pond that is helpful after the pond is dug?

DJ the Dummy

tomatolord    Posted 02-18-2002 at 17:33:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
The big issue is how is it going to get and maintain water...

Also after a heavy rain make sure it does not get washed away.

Fish dont like a flat bottom bowl so add some contours

make the overflow pipe something that will last, especially the junction. a friend of mines overflow broke at the joint and it almost drained the pond

Also the freeze depth is important

BB    Posted 02-18-2002 at 04:52:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have someone verify that your soil for the dam will hold water. Some guy down the road built a nice pond in front of his house with a nice pier in it. It looks great for about 2 weeks after a good rain. But it leaks so bad that after 3 or 4 weeks with no rain, it is all but empty and his pier is over dry land.

Rod (NH)    Posted 02-17-2002 at 22:12:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bob has made a good point. You can also run afoul of any local zoning/wetland ordinances. Or at least have to go through a lengthy approval process. A few years ago I received a certified mail notice that one of my neighbors (1/2 mi away) had applied to construct a pond. I didn't care...I thought it was a good idea. They raise horses. In any event, such a process gives all the property abutters a chance to try and kill your project if they are so inclined. Ah, life gets more complicated by the day!

So also check with your very local bureaucrats...zoning board/conservation commission/what have you, to see what blessings you will have to beg to get...and stay friendly with the neighbors! :o)

Bob(WI)    Posted 02-17-2002 at 20:19:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm not sure where your at but check with your local Township(the area where your property tax goes to), your Township(local government) also has a say in what you do on your property even though the county or state can over ride the decision, in my township we are all dug out and don't need anymore ponds for recreational purposes and it's hard to push one through for livestock.

TomH    Posted 02-17-2002 at 16:33:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Definitely get advice from Conservation District. Also make sure you get and check references before hiring a dozer. A good operator is worth a higher per hour charge and will be happy to show you several successful projects.

Rod (NH)    Posted 02-17-2002 at 13:56:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It depends...I suggest a visit to your local county USDA offices. The Soil Conservation Service (or whatever they call themselves now) used to have all kinds of free publications about farm ponds. They used to send out someone to your property (also for free) to advise about the siting, construction and maintenance of a farm pond. There is much more to it than just hiring someone to excavate a big hole in the ground.

Since a pond will usually represent substantial $$$ investment, you should get expert advice right up front, particularly regarding the siting and basic design. Your local USDA/SCS people are likely the best source of such as far as I know. It's part of their business. They know the local soil, hydrology and topo characteristics and can assist you in many ways. They also know who the local contractors are and can best direct you to someone who has been successful with such construction.

Also punch in "farm ponds" in Google...there is even a forum on 'em! Might be a good source of info too.

M.R.    Posted 02-17-2002 at 15:44:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Soil Conservation Service [SCS] is now calling themselves Natural Resource Conservation Service [NRCS] a department of the USDA. Definately free - your tax dollars at work.

You might also check with your local Conservation District which is housed with NRCS. They serve more at a county level with directors being local landowners/operators.
There are a number of cost share programs out there, both federal and state or local that may help you with the cost of your project.

You might want to make sure that you do not adversely affect a wet-land area (NRCS can help you determine that).

Also, depending on what state you reside in, the storage of water may be a water right issue. Check with your local watermaster (a state agency).

Donna    Posted 02-17-2002 at 08:01:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
We live in S.W. Missouri, and it's a wide price range, Some it is $50.00 * hour but mostly it is $75.00 * hour with a 2 and 3 hour min. and some charge more, the $50.00 per hour are so backed up they retire before they can get to you, or they place a 2 or 3 hour min. to it.

J.V.    Posted 02-20-2002 at 14:05:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We live in south MO. Soil conditions are sandy soil with some clay and LOTS of rock. We dig small and large ponds for a living. In our locality it is impossible to guarantee a no leak pond, due to the sandy soil, rocks and cracks in the rock layers. However there are lots of ponds in our area and most are lined with a good clay to help insure the chances of it not leaking.
I would suggest that you choose a place where there will be no sewer run off, cattle feed lots, etc. into it to contaminate the water.
If you are planning to raise fish in it, check with your local extention office for advise on size of pond.

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