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Bank erosion fix?
#527848 11/21/20 07:43 PM
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The north bank is eroding (strong south winds are common). The cut is about 3ft tall and it's starting to move pretty quickly. The pond has cattle most of the yr.

2 ways I see to address it;
Fill with rocks and gravel...
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Use a skid steer to remove soil and shape it into a much less steep slope. Plant grass...

Anybody with experience or ideas? I really want to stop it from silting in. I'm afraid a flatter slope will encourage trampling and wading from the cattle. Rock on the other hand would be quite the project.

Re: Bank erosion fix?
catscratch #527850 11/21/20 10:09 PM
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My experience in Kansas is that "cattle" and "erosion control" DO NOT go together.

Can you dig out a side pocket along a flat edge of the pond? If so, I would fence off the pond and let the cattle drink and wade in their little side pool.

If your banks are steep all around the pond, I have seen ranchers run a section of 2" PVC pipe through the bank to a cattle tank. You do have to set the top of the tank just above normal pool level so it doesn't drain your pond.

Maybe some of the ranchers in the forum know about a float valve system that would work so you could set your cattle tank at any elevation you wanted?

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Ditto, fence it off and have them water out of a tank that is supplied from the pond. That will minimize a lot of issues you will have with the pond in the future. Once it's fenced off, get in there and taper the banks, then seed, then lay jute erosion mats over that.


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Thanks for the replies guys. I can tell you it's not getting additional fence (there's reasons).

I've paid close attention lately; the cattle will trample and go everywhere. They will swim around fence. They will wade. They will take the boat ramp... and the steepest ledge. The only place they don't go is where I put rock from our basement dig. I'm leaning toward finding rock but liked the suggestions above. Open for more...


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