E. Mark

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Thank you for the suggestion, John. I'll think about it.
7 years ago
Thanks, Eric. That's good to know.
7 years ago
Thank you for your questions and suggestions, Cris. I liked your ideas about planting cannas and cattails.

The ground slopes very gently downward away from the house to the south toward the outlet. Not far past the outlet, there is a berm that runs along the south side of the property, parallel to the house. There is some space for a little pond between the outlet and the berm. I guess a swale would make sense there, but my wife thought a pond would be nice.

Thanks again.
7 years ago
Thanks for your suggestions, Eric. I had heard about mussels' ability to filter water, but I appreciate the reminder. Any idea how I could get a suitable type of mussels?
7 years ago
Thank you for your reply, Allen. I appreciate your questions and suggestions.

The sump pump is active throughout the year except in the middle of winter, so I think that the sump pump hole rarely gets completely dry, but I'm not entirely sure. That's a good suggestion about digging a test pit.

I wasn't familiar with B.T.I. doughnuts, but I will look into that option.

About neighbors using pesticides, I'm not sure what kind of pesticides they are using. I just know that many people around here want a picture-perfect lawn and I see them applying pesticides to kill dandelions or other plants that they don't want. I know that Roundup is heavily marketed for that purpose, so it is probably among those that people are using near us.

Thanks again for your help!
7 years ago
Our home has a sump pump in the basement because of a high water table. As a result, the pump is sending a lot of water out through a pipe with an outlet about 30 feet from our house, near the edge of our property. My wife doesn't want that water to go to waste. She is interested in making a pond by the outlet where the water comes out of the pipe. As a test, she dug up a little area, and found that it fills up quickly with the water that our sump pump expels.

Is a pond a good use for this ground water? I'm concerned that the water might contain a lot of pesticides from our neighbors' lawns or other contaminants. That might make it risky to add fish, but if we don't add fish, a lot of mosquitoes could breed there. If you think a pond is feasible, how could we design an ecosystem that makes use of this water?

What other uses would you recommend for the water that our sump pump puts out?

Thank you.
7 years ago