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Hi I just put in a new excavated pond ( about .15 a 12 ft deep. ) It is filled by a seasonal creek and was filled up in about 2 days. I noticed that it seems to be losing about 1/4 inch per day. The soilin one spot was a bit sandy but the rest of the pond had a good clay. The pond is only about 4 weeks old and I was wondering if this loss is normal for a new pond and if I should go out and get some bentonite or should I wait and see where it goes from here? I also saw some folks talk about it sealing up with organic material over time. Is that something I should wait for or is ther esomething more i should do? ANy help or suggestions would be helpful. By the way, if it matters the Pond is in Upstate NY. Thanks!!


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Wait and see.
It's common for newly built ponds to absorb quite a lot of water during their first fill. Monitor water levels, though, and quantify how much loss you actually have.
Once soils become saturated, ponds leak less.
But, if your levels continue to drop, after soils are wet, seek more information.
Look through this site, you will find plenty of info.


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Thanks I appreciate the advice. I thought I might be a bit nervouse for nothing but I would rather catch things early than wait too long. Thanks again.


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