Tyler Ludens wrote:Is there any kind of depression or gully on the land, that does not carry flood-size runoff currently? Because that would be the most logical place to put a pond; in a gully the dam can store much more water than a pond dug on the flat. But it takes more engineering ($$).
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:My strategy is to store as much water as possible as high up on the property as possible. Because if it's stored at the lowest point, then it has to be moved uphill before use. If stored as high as possible, then gravity can be used to move it. Also water stored higher up will seep downhill and benefit your place instead of the neighbors at lower elevation.
Marianne Cicala wrote:Hey Reid and welcome to Southside VA, which is where I am also! We have some great advantages here: over 50" of annual rainfall and clay soil which makes pond building easy. I'll assume this property is fairly new to you, so spend time walking it, lots of time. You may surprise yourself and find a spring that flows only after a heavy rain - we've come across almost a dozen. I've found that with our wonderful rolling hills, the land will direct you to the places that want to hold water - walk about after a good rainfall.
I second Tyler's suggesting about watching videos and podcasts; there is a good reason for explore a series of ponds. Keep in mind, that this being a agriculture area, the Corp of Engineers/Extension Agencies are busy keeping an eye on ponds built without permits. It's a total pain in the ass, but they can fine & require a pond to be filled in, if not permitted. Let me know if I can help you maneuver this - unfortunately, I've had to deal with it.
Peter Ellis wrote:I would recommend adding Darren Doherty to the list of people to look up on youtube. Darren does a great job of explaining the concepts of the keyline system, which system explains how to identify the right places to place a pond on a property.
Also Mark Shepard, who has some interesting approaches to creating vernal pools that work to hold water on your property but do not result in standing ponds that you need permits and engineers and all to build legally. Mark also has loads of information about how to plan water management on a property.
Geoff, Darren and Mark, along with pretty much all the rest of the really good permaculture design people out there, start the design process with water management, before anything else. It is that important to good permaculture design.
We had a lot of rain this past week and I was able to observe where the water goes and where it puddles.