thank you...I also found this article and read a bit of it. 😊👍
bernetta putnam wrote:found some good sounding instructions for this here:
be sure to share pictures of this adventure with us.
Dillon Nichols wrote:That article is amusing... but not meant for serious reading imo!
By far biggest worry for me would be the departments of sadness.
In my neck of the woods, I think that to avoid them it would need to NEVER be connected to fish bearing creeks, even in winter flood.
Stocking it with anything is another point that they involve themselves with... either to license or ban depending on the species.
Using the water it contains for any commercial purpose, ie a farm that sells anything, is another.
Dams are another, engineering and permits to make aure you don't build a shitty dam that washes away an elementary school when it fails...
If you are live somewhere where the cannibal hordes have consumed the office-weasels, things get simpler..
Retention is a big concern. I have clay, but it isnt bottomless, and isnt a very predictable thickness, so the larger the work the greater the risk of delving too greedily and too deep, and losing water retention as I bust through into sand or some such. More numerous smaller ponds seem safer from this perpective..
On the other hand for storage purposes a deeper pond is preferable for temp control, evap, space required, etc... going deeper becomes a calculated gamble..
Finally, it's not that hard, if you have an excavator, to dig a lot of holes/trenches. What is hard is disposing of all the stuff you dig up! For me to dig a 14ft deep pond from ground level I end up with lots more space occupied by spoil than by pond, and taking it anywhere at all will take much more time than digging it did. And in the summer that pond will only have maybe 5ft of water in it, so going shallower isn't much of an option..
All that said... a really good contour map would be a good place to start your planning, and more info would surely spark further discussion!
Michael Cox wrote:I'm immediately thinking about land levels. 20 acres is a large area to surround, and it is highly unlikely that you will have a level circumference to build you moat around. A series of connected pools and channels sounds better.
Have you seen the Geoff lawton video where he walks around a property he used to own in Australia. He built a series of lovely connected pools and water courses.
[EDIT: Unfortunately I can't find the video easily on youtube right now. Anyone got any clues?]