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#504632 - 04/20/19 10:30 PM Hello from Maryland
mbunimog Offline


Registered: 03/22/19
Posts: 3
Loc: maryland
We are living in Frederick County Maryland and we have a small farm with an estimated one acre pond and would love to get some advice on how to restore it.
The farm was established in year 1802 as a homestead according to county research and originally a two story log cabin was built complete with running water through a spring in the basement. Next a more substantial log building was built and added on to in the mid 1800's. So that is now a 5 bedroom 3 bathroom farm house Also a large bank barn and wagon shed was built in the mid 1800's as well as a log cabin smoke house. All the buildings are still here in good shape.
A portion of the land we have planted with 5000 hardwood trees about 5 years ago and the rest is open.
We are retired and enjoy living on the farm located next to the Appalachian trail. We have bears and deers around as well as other wildlife.

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#504654 - 04/21/19 09:22 AM Re: Hello from Maryland [Re: mbunimog]
Quarter Acre Offline


Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1423
Loc: West Central Missouri
Welcome mb, you've come to the right place. Start posting about your pond goals and lay any questions out to the forum... Theirs allot of folks here that talk "pond".
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#504667 - 04/21/19 11:19 AM Re: Hello from Maryland [Re: mbunimog]
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Registered: 01/04/06
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Loc: Hurst & Bowie, Texas
Welcome
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It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP

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#504742 - 04/22/19 07:10 PM Re: Hello from Maryland [Re: mbunimog]
mbunimog Offline


Registered: 03/22/19
Posts: 3
Loc: maryland
Thanks.
The old pond on the property is very old and has 100 ft trees growing on the dam slope some of them dead. The overflow pipe buried in the dam is corroded and shortened by several feet.

The trees will have to come out to restore the dam integrity and the pond.

Filled up the overflow pipe with concrete to see if the pond will hold water> Amazingly it filled up and seems to hold its level. The dam has a very gentle slope on the water side dropping perhaps only a couple of feet 50 ft out from shore and then going deeper perhaps 8 to 10 feet or so.

Pond has not overflowed yet after a week or so but made a swale cut with the loader for a spillway away from the dam itself.

Thinking about cutting a channel into the pond and drain it and then dig out the tree roots and rebuild the dam. Should be able to use the original dirt from the dam to reconstruct it and in the process clean up the bottom and make it more uniform and deeper.

The watershed feeding it is not very large and during dry seasons it gets very little water. There is a 6 inch pipe draining off a spring from the log cabin basement that would be easy to route over to the pond. Perhaps extending it 30 ft will make it drain to the pond and looks to be a good flow of perhaps 20 gals per min that flows year round.

Rebuilding the dam is a process I need to learn more about. How to compact it during the fill etc

Any thoughts would be welcome

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#504755 - 04/23/19 05:30 AM Re: Hello from Maryland [Re: mbunimog]
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Loc: Hurst & Bowie, Texas
The best info source I've ever found on dams is a book by Mike Otto "Just Add Water". Mike is one of the owners of this site. He discusses all aspects of doing it right the first time.
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It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP

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#504758 - 04/23/19 08:19 AM Re: Hello from Maryland [Re: Dave Davidson1]
mbunimog Offline


Registered: 03/22/19
Posts: 3
Loc: maryland
Dave, thank you. Just ordered the book and looking forward to reading it

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