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Siting in a pond
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Scott    Posted 03-05-2002 at 05:02:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does anyone out there have any experience with pond building. Specifically, how to site one in using a builders level and how much freeboard to allow at the dam above the waterline. Thanks.

ShepFL    Posted 03-06-2002 at 06:29:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Video series is "Great Small Waters" I would offer you a copy but when I have tried to copy them but they have something preventing that. (drop outs) Below is a link.

Rhudson - I will check with local ag rep. I have been asking them to conduct pond mgmt. class for 1 yr+. Thanks for the info.

rhudson    Posted 03-05-2002 at 12:51:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
your local ag agent will have a booklet on building and maintaining ponds. Farmers Journal also has a book for about $15.00.

ShepFL    Posted 03-05-2002 at 06:39:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Scott -
I know next to nothing about pond building. That said I STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you consider buying the video tape series from Bass Masters. I don't recall the series name but it is great if you want to create a viable fish pond. I will look for title when I get home.

Armed with this information I marked out where I wanted the pond, including my catch basin (read fish fry). I then hired a repuatable dozer operator in my area to dig mine. He charged me $50/hr and within one week I had a 2 acre pond. 12' deep in the deep end and 4' deep in the shallow end.

He made the slopes like 4 to 1 pitch? - meaning it drops one foot every four feet. This made a real nice gradual slope not very suseptable to erosion. Also level enough I can mow it with the tractor (Oliver 55 Dsl).

I would suggest some quick growing grass seed as soon as possible. My banks have been eroding a great deal as I have clay lined banks and nothing seems to grow on them.

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