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O/T Digging a Pond

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08-30-2004 11:34:03

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I am considering having 1 - 1 1/2 acre pond dug. I have a year-round clean source of water (one gallon every 10 seconds). I also have a place for water overflow to go (year-round creek) on my property.

I don't believe I have any restrictions although I will verify this first.

Is there anything I need to look out for, be aware of, etc other than getting the excavation work done?


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Dave OH

08-30-2004 20:36:06

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 Re: O/T Digging a Pond in reply to Peanut, 08-30-2004 11:34:03  
I did a 3/4 acre pond last year. County checked out the amount of area the pond would receive water from, checked to see that I had proper overflow should drain pipe not be enough. I received information from the State concerning the best type of fish to stock and a complete information packet on problems and solutions to pond care. Pond was dug 14' deep to allow for about 2' of run in dirt when it was filling. Due to a lot of rain after it was dug and a very rainy spring it was filled by spring. Due to my brother-in-law filling in his lake we were stocked with large mouth bass and blue gills all of good size. We also brought in fish from another lake to give a genetic diverse population.
We had to hand feed last year while filling but after the spring spawn we are just fine. Grand kids put in turtles and frogs, it is great. We left one end with a shallow pitch for them to swim in also and added sand to that area. Good luck,
Dave OH

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( Link ) Ken N Tx

08-30-2004 14:24:30

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 Check This Out in reply to Peanut, 08-30-2004 11:34:03  
Here is a link to a guy that is digging his pond with an 8N and a 3pt Bucket..

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08-30-2004 14:32:23

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 Re: Check This Out in reply to ( Link ) Ken N Tx, 08-30-2004 14:24:30  
Interesting link. I think this guy underestimated the project and certainly heavy rainfall.

Based on the numbers, I dont think I'll ask my 9N to step up to the task. I'll be on the 9N bushhogging as the dozer comes in to move dirt.

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Steve IA

08-30-2004 12:29:35

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 Re: O/T Digging a Pond in reply to Peanut, 08-30-2004 11:34:03  
Check with your local NRCS office (US Gov in the phone book). They have lots of advice, and your pond may qualify for cost-sharing, no strings attached. Your county Extension office may have literature too. Steve

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Brian S, NE

08-30-2004 11:56:40

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 Re: O/T Digging a Pond in reply to Peanut, 08-30-2004 11:34:03  
Have some type of soil compaction testing done. Make sure the the soil will hold the water and not just filter it back into the water table.

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