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Need some help with a newly discovered spring-
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Mike D.    Posted 09-29-2002 at 20:32:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, here's what happened,
We just opened a new road through a narrow belt of trees above the pond. It curves downward toward a ditch that drains run-off into the pond. My idea was to regrade the ditch banks and put in a culvert and build a road across the ditch.
The road coming down hill was tough to clear and berm. The ground was so dry that there wasn't any moisture down 3 feet. BUT- the spot where I opened the ditchline was moist, almost spongy. I didn't get back to it for 2 more weeks. Now there is a 3' wide X 12' long puddle. It has not dried out since I worked on it 2 weeks ago. It has rained just once since we started the road 2 months ago.
We sure are hoping that we have helped a spring break out, but don't know the first thing about what to do next. With some effort I can move the culvert location so that the culvert will be uphill from the spring.
Is there any more we can do to improve upon our chances of keeping the spring healthy?
A friend of ours suggested that we drill down into it with our post hole auger and then put a pipe down into it. Another friend thought maybe we ought to open it up deeper and set a 4' piece of 24" well casing down into it.
One things for sure: if it is a spring I don't want to take any risk of losing it now that we have found it. The spring is about 80 feet above the pond. It is about 3 feet higher than the water level of the pond.
Got any ideas about how it ought to be handled? Sure would like to hear some ideas.
I don't know what to do about it.
Thank you- Mike D.

Mike D. think I'll try this-    Posted 09-30-2002 at 20:28:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
After reading your posts I believe I'll help the spring drain into the pond. After that I'll see how it fairs through this winter. As for the new road and the culvert, I'll move the culvert pipe up above the spring, that way the road won't be wet, and the culvert pipe will be away enough to not interfere with the spring. The advice you gave has helpful. Never uncovered a spring before.
Thanks- Mike

glen sw wi    Posted 09-30-2002 at 06:33:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would set a plastic barrel with a lot of holes in the bottom portion in a vertical position in the spring. Run a pipe out of the top portion of of the barrel. I have a spring out the back door that runs at better than 5 gals. per minute.
You probably have a layer of clay or impervious rock that the water is following down the slope. You don't want to dig through this layer.

TB    Posted 09-30-2002 at 04:45:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would not be drilling or digging with machinery. Springs are funny move the wrong rock or dill to deep you can loose it just as easily as you found it. In the spring itself the work should be done by hand. It is best to wait to spring to do any thing the increased water table will help flush out the openings. If after a year or two hasnít started to flow better you may then want to lower the ditch line or dig the area of the spring out but be careful. Time will be your best gage on what to do. Good luck.

TB    Posted 09-30-2002 at 08:12:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Also standing water is not good. That means that the water is finding another way to drain. You must get it to flow so the water is moving and draining where you want it. The flowing water is what will tell you how good of a spring it is.

Ron/PA    Posted 09-30-2002 at 04:38:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here's one thing we do, dig it out and set a section of 4 or 5 foot concrete pipe culvert over it, this will keep the soil from filling it back in and make it easier to clean if you have to.
The heighth of the culvert pipe depends on how deep you dig it out, we allways let ours stick up about 12-14 inches.

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