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Drought, then the rain, work out about right


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#1 BigO

Posted 25 October 2015 - 03:44 PM

My pond was as low as I have ever seen it, so I decided to make the best of a bad situation.  The last 100 yards of the pond, on the shallow end of the 'finger', was left bare and dry, due to the drought.  I knew (according to weather reports), I had at least a week of time to work on it without any chance of rain.  I decided to remove the silt that had filled in over time and dig the main 'bed' down deeper to hold more water during future dry times.

 

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I had to push up some small willow trees near the edge of the finger before starting to remove the dirt and mud.

 

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The main bed area was pretty muddy until I got down to good clay.

 

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The 'crust' broke through at one point, and I stuck the skidsteer.  Thankfully the tractor was able to assist in getting out.

 

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After that, I decided to just 'back-drag' the silt/mud from the center as far as possible, then let it dry for a day before removing it.

 

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I rebuilt the 'over-flow' at the dam, since it had previously washed away over the years from flooding.  I was hoping for some light rains to help it set up, before getting any more floods and planned on cementing it.  Appears now that the heavy rains from Patricia may not allow that.

 

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The majority of the dirt/mud removed was stacked on the left side of the finger.  Piled up from 1ft to 2.5ft high, then leveled out.  Some was put on the right side to level that side out, after back dragging the finger for finished touch.

 

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Dressed out and finished Friday evening.  We started getting light rain Saturday evening.  Looks like the big rain will be set in for all day today, and maybe even tomorrow.  I hope the 'over flow' hold up!

 

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#2 BSTEELE

Posted 25 October 2015 - 06:20 PM

You've been busy this week. Looks good man.

#3 444M

Posted 26 October 2015 - 06:14 AM

BigO, you certainly stay busy.

Reminds me of what my Father told me a few years ago..."Hurry up and retire...so you can really go to work".

#4 Brokeback

Posted 26 October 2015 - 07:45 AM

the rain can stop now haha.



#5 Dick Cox

Posted 26 October 2015 - 09:52 AM

Looks good Big O...

We've been doing the same thing at our pond, but not to that extent. With the water being so low, my son & I have been building fish structures, and adding some gravel for bream beds.


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#6 BigO

Posted 26 October 2015 - 11:23 AM

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Guess it could have been worse.  The back half of the 'overflow' got washed away, but the front half held.

 

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Not sure how much rain we got, my gauge only hold 6" and it was filled up, as was the pond.


John Jay 1st SC Chief Justice, Federalist Papers No. 2... I often note with equal pleasure that God gave this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in manners and customs

SOCIALISM is a philosophy of FAILURE, the creed of IGNORANCE, the gospel of ENVY, ....... its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of MISERY. W. Churchhill

#7 Scott_

Posted 26 October 2015 - 10:22 PM

Your pond looks great BigO!



#8 umrebs

Posted 26 October 2015 - 11:19 PM

Just curious, is that a fence running through the middle of your pond? Looks like a really nice place. Your work during the drought seems to have been a success. Congrats.

#9 BigO

Posted 27 October 2015 - 10:52 AM

Actually 2 fences. Neighbor owns the west side/finger of pond, and also has cows. Second fence is to keep my livestock from entering my yard via the pond.
John Jay 1st SC Chief Justice, Federalist Papers No. 2... I often note with equal pleasure that God gave this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in manners and customs

SOCIALISM is a philosophy of FAILURE, the creed of IGNORANCE, the gospel of ENVY, ....... its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of MISERY. W. Churchhill

#10 Big Kahuna

Posted 27 October 2015 - 04:23 PM

BigO, no doubt you've worked your "can" off on that project! Looks great! Ya'll will really enjoy that next spring and summer! Good job, friend! B/K




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