New pond question

OLE RASPY

12 pointer
Sep 9, 2018
3,061
Barren county
Thanks guys! Where id like to put one there isnt any sink holes around. Neighbors have a pond 100-125 yards away thats been there forever. Its near a natural drainage that leads to one of the several springs on the farm.
Same here neighbors have one bout that far from where I want to do one to.
 

bigbonner

12 pointer
Aug 5, 2015
4,151
You never where a water vein lays or goes. We drank water from a spring that sit over the bank and is over 300' away from my house.
When I tore the old house down and dug the basement , I hit rock about 9.5' down.
Where the back door of the old house was located I hit a spring. The water ran in clear and was leaving some other way.
The water would hump up because it ran so fast. I put in drain tile and have had no problems with water .
But if the old-timers' had of known water was right in the back door and 10 feet down, they would have been in heaven.
I bet there is no telling how many buckets of water that was carried from the spring to the house.
 

Ezelkyhunter

10 pointer
Nov 28, 2013
1,426
More progress pics of it. Hint: Most ponds leak right at the base of the dam on the inside. When we cut the keyway out for the dam, I put lots of Bentonite in that keyway area in layers as we started building the dam back.

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Where did you get the bentonite? How much did you get? Trying to find some place to get bulk if possible.
 

Gforcetrivers

12 pointer
Sep 23, 2016
3,221
Burkesville
Well wish me luck! Dozer Guy was next door doing a walk out foundation and I asked him if he could dig a pond while he was in the neighborhood. He also did our grade work and septic for the Barndo and said he could do it. We are on clay, there was a bunch of blue gray clay down in there and a couple of drain tiles he dug up and filled in. He is due back this week to pack it in and spread the dirt around. There are crayfish living in the field and you can see water down in the holes so I hope it will be successful. Not sure how big it is maybe a quarter acre? should be about 8-10 feet deep if it fills up.
 

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grinder

12 pointer
Oct 28, 2003
2,110
harrodsburg, ky, USA.
the state stocks your pond its open to the public, you stock it, its private., at least i was told so. dont know anybody in barren co., a friend of mind had a pond dug out in ohio co. if ya want i can ask em the name of the company.
still having problems at the drain, on the pond. they shoulda saved the blue pond clay.
stayed for years where it run down to the bottom of the property.
State hasnt done that for years.
 

grinder

12 pointer
Oct 28, 2003
2,110
harrodsburg, ky, USA.
Thanks guys! Where id like to put one there isnt any sink holes around. Neighbors have a pond 100-125 yards away thats been there forever. Its near a natural drainage that leads to one of the several springs on the farm.
Be careful about proximity of springs, especially below the pond. Thats an underground cavern, and where your water will go.
 

Velvet ears

8 pointer
Nov 6, 2013
818
West KY
Where did you get the bentonite? How much did you get? Trying to find some place to get bulk if possible.
I think I got it at our local Southern States dealer. I didn't put as much as I should have. I was only doing it as extra insurance. You are suppose to cover the ground, till it in. Then do it again. It can get pricey if done correctly.
 

bigpuddin43

12 pointer
Feb 21, 2007
5,279
bucktown
start at web soil survey online you can look up your soils and it will give you a hint to if you have good soil for a pond. then get an operator that knows how to dig a pond. Hint its not just moving dirt. when my dad had his done they hit a spot that they dug down and extra 8-10 ft and repacked with clay 2 times to make sure they got it sealed up. Keyway is very important. a well built spillway will function just fine and save the hassle of an overflow pipe.
 

bigpuddin43

12 pointer
Feb 21, 2007
5,279
bucktown
Spillways wash out overtime, unless you concrete it. Pvc pipe is much cheaper.
I disagree a correctly sized spillway will handle the flow but has to be made based on drainage area and shaped correctly. there is some maintenance to them as well a pipe concentrates flow and can cause erosion very easily below the pond.
 

Gforcetrivers

12 pointer
Sep 23, 2016
3,221
Burkesville
Well wish me luck! Dozer Guy was next door doing a walk out foundation and I asked him if he could dig a pond while he was in the neighborhood. He also did our grade work and septic for the Barndo and said he could do it. We are on clay, there was a bunch of blue gray clay down in there and a couple of drain tiles he dug up and filled in. He is due back this week to pack it in and spread the dirt around. There are crayfish living in the field and you can see water down in the holes so I hope it will be successful. Not sure how big it is maybe a quarter acre? should be about 8-10 feet deep if it fills up.
Just need water...wish it would rain already!!!
 

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