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Any simple, cost effective way to dredge a pond?
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Sleepy in Mexico    Posted 08-26-2002 at 18:06:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Folks: Looked at some recreation property in a mountain range about two hours outside of Aguascalientes, where we are moving in two weeks to be in a better position for our animal nutrition business. Someday, if everything goes right, we may build a cabaņa up there to escape the heat of summer (actually spring is the hot season here in Mexico).

The property is nice, real nice; there are 35 hectares, about 90 acres if my conversion is right. The property tops out at about 9000´, and there is snow there during the winter. The land is covered exclusively in Pine forest. There is a rather large stock pond which was built long ago, about four acres in size. The pond is very shallow, and appears to have silted in over the years.

My question is this; is there any way possible to cost effectively dredge a pond like this, or am I just better to drain it and scrape it out while improving the dam with a Cat D-8? I think the latter is easier, but I wanted some input. Thanks in Advance, Sleepy

tomatolord    Posted 08-27-2002 at 05:55:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Subject: Re: Any simple, cost effective way to dredge a pond? Email: Name: tomatolord Date: August 27, 2002 at 05:52:20

I have looked extensively into this for our own local 15 acre lake / 1 acre silt pond. Here are some of the alternatives that we came up with

The easiest way is to drain the lake and wait 2-3 months then get a backhoe/trackhoe and dig it out - if you are lucky see if you can coordinate the backhoe/trackhoe with a neighbor who needs some work done. Also the backhoe guy will be reluctant to go into the lake becuase of the mud and will be afraid he will get stuck.

tomatolord    Posted 08-27-2002 at 05:54:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
yes I have a lengthy suggestion that will not fit here - please email me

Norbert    Posted 08-26-2002 at 21:10:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Seems obvious to me! 50 Mexicans with shovels. should be cost effective, too.

DeadCarp    Posted 08-26-2002 at 20:40:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, if it was 50 years ago, you'd be looking for a case of dynamite - nowdays you'd probably have to encourage a military test for a favorable result. Do the local cops have a place to dispose of miscellaneous explosives? Maybe they need one ....:)

screaminghollow    Posted 08-26-2002 at 19:45:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
when I was a very small child, my dad and his relatives owned some land with a one acre pond. They put a large pipe and valve from the stand pipe in the middle through the dam breast. once every two years they would drain it and rake out the leaves etc. One of my uncles actually used a little David Bradley walk behind tractor with a small snow plow to push out the silt. (Now such a practice is a few dozen EPA violations.) probably got snail darters in there now.

Hogman    Posted 08-26-2002 at 19:40:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
From what I can gather reading Your post My guess would be this.
The price of moving a dredge to the lake and back would aproximate the cost of a good D-8 and You would have absolutly NO compaction on the bottom. You'll get little enough with the dozer. Once the dredge was there the cost of, operation would be still higher for the dredge. Too, You would have a major problem of containing the out fall unless You just let it go and silt in a few acres of pine Trees.

Now if You are thinkin about something like a gold dredge that You pack in and spend time +time+ time +++
All of which reminds me of once up in tha klondike aith Sassy sluicewater pannin for Gold ,,,You might remember Her Fergus,related ta Gimp I think be Marriage......but, thats another story also

Fergus Dingle    Posted 08-26-2002 at 21:02:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, remember her well! She could really shake a sluce box, too.

Hogman    Posted 08-27-2002 at 03:52:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep some good ole times there till She run off with a one eyed whiskey drummer from Nome,Think They stole a saw mill'n took it above timber line,ain't never heerd of'em since.

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