My wife and I are considering the purchase of a small farm in Tennessee. Its around 57 acres and has a 3 acre pond and a 1.5 acre pond on the property. From what I have been told the 3 acre pond was the result of a coal mine revitalization that occurred in the late 70's. The other pond appears to be natural, it's fed by a small creek on the property.
We're under contract on the property with a review period, while the pond is not a major selling factor to the land I do want to ensure it's usable and does not oppose any threats.
I have been told there's fish in the ponds, I cannot confirm that. I have seen some minnows swimming near the banks on warmer days.
Our plan would be to clear out the wooded area between the house build site and pond, creating easier access to the water for fishing and enjoying the water. See satellite image below.
Could you lend advise on what to check with the ponds? The larger pond has a black/brown/green appearance while the small pond is a dark blue green, similar to a lake appearance.
The current owner states the large pond's dam was reconstructed in 2017 due to beaver damage. The dam does appear to be reconstructed; although there's a spillway that currently has a small beaver dam present causing some runoff in alternate areas. There appears to be some leakage from the back of the dam, it could be from the beaver dam blocking the spillway.
Also, one small cove on the pond has an area that appears "rusty", there's a small stream feeding in here that has an orange iron rust appearance to it. I have heard this is common with old mining sites, is this a concern?
Here's an overall satellite image showing both ponds. It does appear the large pond has some algae growth on it.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance!!