Hello everyone, I’m new here. I’m looking to buy some land that has standing water near the middle of the property. It appears to be fairly level when I went to walk around on it. It would first need to be cleared of trees before I start moving any dirt around. I would like a large pond on the property, possibly even a creek as well to rid any excess water off the property into a nearby ditch. The pond would ideally be in the top left(according to the image) of the property, with the creek running along the top and into the ditch located to the right of the property.
Is this a feasible endeavor or am I just going to make a mess with the existing groundwater continuing to accumulate where it is?
Hi Alex; Big Welcome to Permies!
Congratulation's on searching for your own piece of land to call home!
Well its hard to say for sure about your potential property.
The real question is how that water gets puddled up out there.
Is there flowing water nearby? You mention creating a creek (runoff channel) and a pond to direct this water away.
What do the surrounding property's look like? Are they flooded as well?
Removing all the timber and pushing the dirt around will make changes but I'm not convinced they would be good changes.
Here's why. Those trees are drinking that water and stabilizing the soil , take them away and you will have more water. If you create an island then the water will need to flow around your land and puddle up nearby, possibly causing access issues for your land.
Don't let me discourage you. Without photo's I'm just guessing.
You have feet on the ground its a much better perspective on improvements.
Perhaps you need to think about why you are buying that property.
Can you plan you use of the land bearing in mind the wet areas, treat them as a bonus.
If not I would encourage you to buy a different block.
I have seen ground water lowered as much as 20 feet with trees over time, as suggested above.
John Daley Bendigo, Australia
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