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Raining out and my Pond is filling up again!
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Willy-N    Posted 04-14-2003 at 07:03:11       [Reply]  [No Email]

Been getting some rain this year and my Pond is starting to fill back up. The 2 sections haven't conected yet but I have about 5 ft of water in it and my island I built is starting to go under water. I will have to build it up another 5 ft so high level won't cover it up. It is starting to get green out and when the reeds grow out all nice and green it will look better. Even a few ducks are coming back. I just took this out the bedroom window at 7:00 AM this moring thru the rain! That white pipe sticking up is the high water mark so it still needs another 4 plus feet to be full again. Mark H.


williamf    Posted 04-14-2003 at 14:52:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's beautiful.
Our pond is up to normal again, too. First time in a couple of years.
Not to brag (much), but if you do a Google search for 'pond digging,' we're the first result.
Wm


Alberta Mike    Posted 04-14-2003 at 13:46:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nice spread you got there and I'm wondering, which building is that Powerwagon hiding in?


Willy-N This one is where it is at    Posted 04-14-2003 at 18:32:46       [Reply]  [No Email]

This is my first shop I built to work on tractors in and now the Power Wagon is in there being restored and the Cab is out side cause the weather is getting nice out and no room for both. As soon as it is on then it goes back in there for detail stuff. This one is near the house 1/2 way up the drive. Mark H.


TB    Posted 04-14-2003 at 09:20:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hopefully you will keep getting the rain to get the pound filled. I know it will ease your mind knowing it is there when FF season gets there.


Willy-N Dipping water out of it for a fire    Posted 04-14-2003 at 11:48:20       [Reply]  [No Email]

That way they can do this again if needed. This was a Helicopter dipping water out of it during a fire once. You can see the white pipe with the red marks to see if it is going up or down. Right now it is only at the edge of the pipe so it has a long ways to go still. Mark H.


Kim    Posted 04-14-2003 at 08:34:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That is a nice pond Willy, thanks for sharing the picture. I have always loved ponds, and always wanted one ... so one day we found a natural underground spring on our property and I convinced my husband to dig a little pond there:

Here is the finished product (okay don't laugh, I know it is small!):

We put a few trout in there, bought a little teeny boat to take my little boy for rides... then the next summer - the pond dried up! Not completely but it went down to about a foot. Now, two years later, it is about half way filled. The banks have grown in with grass... looks like a giant sink hole! The ducks still visit though... the fish are long since dead.

So... I envy your pond. Someday maybe I'll have one, but meanwhile I'll just enjoy the pictures!

Kim


Hal/WA    Posted 04-14-2003 at 23:29:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Kim. It looks like a nice little pond and maybe you could make it work better. Can you verify how well your spring is doing? If your spring runs strongly year-round, then the water may be leaking out. There are various solutions to leakage, including adding a layer of bentonite clay or a plastic pond liner. For a pond of that size, I wouldn't think it would cost too much. You might want to try goldfish in it, if for nothing else, to eat the insect larvae. I think trout need more, or moving water to survive.

I would love to have a pond on my property that would last all summer. But there is no way unless I pump the water, which would be cost prohibitive. But that's the dry side of the state for you. Mark's pond sure is neat, and his area is a lot drier than mine. I have never heard if it is stream or spring fed. Nice!


Willy-N    Posted 04-15-2003 at 06:15:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is fed by a spring for part of the year and filled mosly by the rain. We need a good snow melt to top it off with a tempory stream of water thru the area around me. The bottom is sealed pretty good and just under the bottom is a layer of solid rock. So most of it goes away thru evoporation during the sumer. I lose about 2 ft+ during the sumer months. Mark H.


Willy-N Picture when full    Posted 04-14-2003 at 11:41:54       [Reply]  [No Email]

That is a nice setting for a Pond. I wish we had wetter weather and some trees around ours. I will try to plant some willows this year. I wanted to put one on the island but I did not get it high enough last year. I need a track hoe to do it. It looks small but it was about 24 ft accross and 6 ft high when I built it with my tractor just could not get it any higher then that with a back blade. This one will be about 4 times larger when full again! There is another one that will conect to it when the level goes up. This is a picture when it is full and there is another section you can't see to the right. It is about 1,500 ft X 900 ft in size full. Mark H.


DeadCarp    Posted 04-14-2003 at 08:06:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, it's a good sign when things start leaning back toward normal - we could use lotsa rain here, the lake is down about 2 1/2 feet.(we have an extra 20 feet of beach) Migratory birds are wandering thru, grass is just starting to peek where we burned last month. The ice went yesterday so we have that gaggle of virgin seagulls arguing in the midde of the lake again. They must be mostly virgins cuz thru the din you can hear a constant "No! No!" Then i imagine the seadudes go preen & comb their feathers & grumble :)


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