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Proposed pond in floodplain
#525218 08/26/20 01:46 PM
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I recently purchased a property where there is a low spot with an occasional flow of water. Looking at the flood plain maps this area is in the flood plain recognized by FEMA. See map attached. I would like to build a spillway type dam in the lower portion and dig out and remove trees to create a 7-8 acre lake.

I am trying to do my research and as I understand it I will need to work first with the Army Corp of Engineers (ACoE) in my region to see if a lake can be built within the waterway. Perhaps a flood control or erosion control lake can be built? My local County offical indicated to check with the ACoE if a permit is needed. If one is required then a seperate County permit would have to be issued as well to cover any construction.

As I understand it a plan submitted to the ACoE can be quite difficult and possibly very expensive generate. I am looking for feedback if this is crazy to even consider or is there a potential possibility to get this accomplished? What potential hurdles will I run into and what are the next steps?

BTW - There are two smaller tanks on the property. The larger one is a mess. Trees are growing through the dam and it's more swamp then lake at the moment. Regardless of what I can do in the lower portion of the property this upper pond will have to be addressed/filled in and rehabbed.

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Re: Proposed pond in floodplain
Jim N. #525249 08/27/20 04:02 AM
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I would check with a reputable dam builder about regulations. The words waterway, flood/erosion control seem to generate a lot of governmental interest. Lusk has a Facebook program on Wednesday(I think) nights. You might ask the question there.


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Re: Proposed pond in floodplain
Jim N. #525537 09/04/20 06:24 PM
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Yes I checked with one and he seemed to indicate permits likely would not be required. I realize he wants to build! I just want to make sure I don't run afoul later on which could be quite expensive. I'm producing a package to submit to the ACoE's now. Once that is submitted I hope to hear back within 45 days if it's a thumbs up or down.

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Re: Proposed pond in floodplain
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I wouldn't send anything to the ACoE's unless it was absolutely mandatory. Like opening Pandora's box.


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