Lauren Dixon wrote:We have a small stream that runs from about May to October, which runs through a small pond on the property. Attached is a photo of our landscape with water elements noted for better understanding.
The water is FABULOUS and clean, totally drinkable for us without any filtration. But, the water is very cold (it originates from a glacier about 1 mile up the mountain) and runs straight through the property without sticking around long enough to do much for us. Our property is the first piece of private land that the stream hits, coming straight out of wilderness forest service land. There are some restrictions for us around managing the stream, as others downstream have water rights and we do not. We cannot trap or dam the water and prevent it from reaching its destination, BUT, we can re-route it and use it a few times before it gets back to the stream and leaves the property. We have played with different ideas, i.e. man-made wetlands to slow the water down and warm it up before it empties into a series of small ponds stocked with fish, etc, but so far we have struggled to find good information to guide our decisions.
We would like to figure out a way to make the water useful to us, our critters, and our plants, without robbing our neighbors downstream. Also, our neighbors have mentioned to us that our current pond was originally constructed to mitigate the occasional flooding from big melt-offs that apparently has occurred in this neighborhood in the past. We would like to incorporate this knowledge into our water system designs, and be sure to create a beneficial water architecture that ALSO manages the once-in-a-decade flood situation.
Ben, what would you do?
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