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I am at the stage of implementing the first steps to a homestead. The land I am working on is 4 acres. And It is sloped both to south and west.

Tehere is no steady water source so I need to harvest rainwater and make ponds for irrigation and other purposes. The ponds will serve as a water storage system and also I want the land to be a recreational space for the residents.

To the west there is are gullies and a small winter creek (more like a ditch size). I rely on the winter ditches because it has streaming water in the winter. And they bring water from upper parts of the terrain, forest areas. I am at stage of beginning the waterworks, ponds and swales. I plan to locate a pond as high as possible with regards to winter runoffs and ditches. The ponds will be about 4-5  meters deep because there are 3-4 months without rain.


The scale of the map is meters and the topographic lines show 1 meter elevations. I plan to set up swales upfront to use as an inlet and retention.


I want suggestions from the experienced people here about my concerns:

The scale of the map is meters and the topographic lines show 1 meter elevations. I plan to set up swales upfront to use as an inlet and retention.

1. I plan the upper pond as a standalone pond. Some neighbour suggest to use the road as a dam structure for the upper pond. Any thoughts?

2. The lower pond will serve multiple functions. Water storage to fish production to scenery. I have two options for the lower pond. I will decide according to the optimum distance from the living space. I want to pond to be as near as possible without causing any problems. Do you have any suggestions?

3. Do you suggest more shallow ponds around?


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Have you planned for overflow (spillways) from all of the ponds?

This video shows a little bit about how to plan features in the landscape:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYe8ds64Bek
 
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Thank you for your reply. Actually I was thinking to use the upfront swales for inlet and as spillway too.
 
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