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Re-routing a stream

 
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Hey there,

Question..
So there is a year around creek flowing down a ravine on a property. The building site is two ridges over from the ravine. In order to re-route the stream would I have to find a point much higher above the building site and send a pipe over and accross the ridges? It is very hard for me to picture being able to get water out of this steep ravine... any advice would be helpful!

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Dylan, are you trying to get water from the stream over to your building site?

Will you be putting the water in a pipe or just cutting a "ditch " to let the water flow in?

Have you studied the concept of keyline or contours?

Are there any areas in the ravine that form small ponds?

Do you have any pictures that you could post to help us visualize the problem ?

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Miles, ill post the only picture i have, its parcel902234006. I will get access to the topo later and post it.

Yes i want water from the stream to the building site. I haven't decided about piping or a ditch.. i know  the concept of contours, that was my initial thinking... to run it along contour but at a slight grade.

There are no small ponds, unless your talking VERY small, like 8"x8"
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I do not have the answers as there really is not enough information to suggest much, however I wonder if you could position your site closer to your stream? I say this only because water is so essential to life. Water for consumption, for irrigation, and a micro-hydro power plant perhaps? (I would die for such a location). I wonder if you might be better off in being creative in situating your site next to the stream rather then trying to reroute it?

Now I say all this not being on the ground which is obviously MUCH different.

This is a great series of video on plumbing streams quite a distance away that may be helpful??? Beware, it is so encouraging it can be addicting to watch!

 
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I see three streams cutting across the parcel, and the only road access appears to be at the lower left. Which stream do you want to draw from, and where do you want to build? Is the stream higher at its entrance onto the parcel than the hills at the lower edge of the parcel? If not, there is no way short of tunneling to get water to flow to the other side of the hill.

It looks like the photo has topographic contours, and the parcel looks like it is mostly flat, within the contour interval. Is this true?
 
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Travis, yea I would be moving the build site. I wanted to phrase the questions with the most extreme action..

Glen, the map is wonky.. there is definitely a slope over the entire parcel. its sloping north/northeast
 
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