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Building a new pond now Questions
#524056 07/28/20 09:49 AM
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As stated in my title, I'm in the process of building a new pond now...
The pond is about an acre in size and is built on sloping terrain, the dam was constructed in 6" lifts with a vibratory compactor and was keyed in with a core trench... All has gone pretty well but I have two concerns the first is my contractor said that it was not necessary to use the compactor in the pond basin because the soil was so good (very tight brown clay with gravel and some larger boulders)..

So far we have only had one or two measurable rains and currently there is about a foot of water in the deepest cut that has been there for two weeks or so with not much loss other than some evaporation . I've been pouring over the forum trying to educate my self as best I can so I can ensure this build goes well but I'm hoping that by not compacting the center basin we haven't made a huge mistake??

The 2nd concern I have is... in the shallow end of the pond there was a small vein that continues to seep even after we dug a core trench above it and compacted with good material. The seep is slow but should I assume that we have not successfully blocked this off and that once water reaches this area with pressure water will push up hill?

This forum has been a real help and a great resource! Thanks for taking the time to read this, I would really appreciate some input from those in the know on this...
By the way... I'm in north eastern Ohio...
Thanks so Much!
Heath

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Fairhurst Fisher #524086 07/29/20 07:16 AM
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Sounds like you say you have a slow leak. I don't know of them ever just stopping leaking.


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.

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Dave Davidson1 #524089 07/29/20 09:02 AM
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Thanks for the reply! To be clear... The pond has just been dug and is no where near full... The seep is seen on the face of an excavated cut... The question is ... Is this seep likely to allow water once the pond is full to go the other direction up hill and out of the pond?
Also do you have any input on not compacting the center of the pond dispute having very good dance Clay??

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Excavated cut? Not sure I understand that.

When water is first impounded, it will wick back into the surrounding soil. But, generally speaking I've not heard of actual leaks repairing themselves.


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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Excavated Cut... A section of the bank that has been dug that will ultimately will be covered by water but can be seen now due to the pond just being dug and not full.


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