Tyler Ludens wrote:Thank you, Kyrt. It just seems strange to me that nobody on permies has tried to do this, at least who wants to talk about it. I thought a ton of people would have done it and been able to offer advice based on experience.
Travis Johnson wrote:Milk bottle plastic....does not break down from UV light like other plastics
Kyrt Ryder wrote:
My guess is most people on this site aren't thinking that far ahead
Tyler Ludens wrote:If I recall correctly, Lawton mentions in a video somewhere that after only four (4) years subsequent to rain harvesting structures/swales being installed, the land become fully saturated and you start to get the "watery wonderland" he mentions in some video or other (sorry, I've watched so many of his videos I can't keep them straight). That's not very far ahead to be thinking...
I'm going to try to achieve this watery wonderland with structures mostly built by hand, because I have only a small amount of $. I'll be following Brad Lancaster's suggestions for berms and basins and other hand built structures. I'm giving myself a 5-10 year schedule to complete this work. Goal: One small year-round pond.
It's probably not a really feasible goal, but it is a dream!
Rene Nijstad wrote:The amount of water you get in floods is incredible, but that's also a main reason why it's difficult to realize any type of earthworks on your property, because the next flood could very well wash out all work you do.
Without any of the above clear, my initial suggestions would be to not start with ponds, but with big swales where possible. In that way you can use your biggest reservoir, the soil, to store as much water as possible. However those swales cannot be build in areas that get too much waterflow, because they will be washed out if the flooding is too severe. (I also a see a similar problem with creating basins, too much waterflow will simply erode them away.) With more and more water stored in the ground, over a period of several floods, so several years, maybe in a decade you could think about ponds when you see your subsoil is sufficiently hydrated.