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Controlling Erosion leading into a pond

 
            
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Hey there Permies forum. I am JohnP and I am new here just trying to learn more and implement permaculture practices where I am.

We recently had a ~1/4 acre pond put in with a dam and up the slope from the pond there is swift erosion from the rainwater coming down 2-3 acres of pasture into the pond, which is taking away all of the topsoil that was up in that field (not much to begin with  :roll

I was considering making a 50ftish loose rock fence above the worst part of the erosion to channel this water into a naturally occurring ditch leading into the pond. Is this a good permaculture practice? There is an excess of loose rock above ground around the property. We tried to plant pasture grass but it would not take on account of drought. (Western edge of North Carolina Piedmont)

Please help? 
 
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well as a temp fix find as much rubble and stuff as you can and lay it in swales across the stream of water coming down to slow down the water, that is what they do along expressways in Michigan. you can use stones, bricks, logs, branches, or piles of anything..even old fencing with some stuf stuck into it..probably even pallents..just anything to slow the flow of water..

then as you are able to build up swales to hold the water in different levels..by throwing other stuff on top..like compost, soil, logs, hay, anything to build up something to hold that water..

make them in a crescent shape to hold more water than a flat shape..like a bunch of small dams..

good luck to you on this..

another thing you can do is what we did here..dig a trench, bury perforated pipe with a sock liner over it..and then cover with gravel and then grow sod over that..it will drain BELOW grade to your pond
 
            
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Brenda Groth wrote:
then as you are able to build up swales to hold the water in different levels..by throwing other stuff on top..like compost, soil, logs, hay, anything to build up something to hold that water..

make them in a crescent shape to hold more water than a flat shape..like a bunch of small dams..

another thing you can do is what we did here..dig a trench, bury perforated pipe with a sock liner over it..and then cover with gravel and then grow sod over that..it will drain BELOW grade to your pond


Thanks for the good advice, I will consider the trench method and most definitely build a rock wall to slow it. I have a few other large loose rock walls farther down but need another one up top. One of the main problems is that the uphill access road to the barn is acting as a rain "river" for the water to come down and then cause even more erosion problems which I face downhill. How can I fix the problem farther uphill?
 
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