Pond Restoration Photos

Every pond begins to die as soon as it is built.  It begins to "silt in" from runoff and organic matter begins to build up and it slowly becomes shallower.  This begins a vicious cycle where as the pond becomes shallower, more aquatic vegetation grows, which increases the rate at which the pond fills in, and so on.  Eventually, every pond will become a marshy area and finally dry land.

It's not too hard to breath new life into an "old" pond.  It's still a big project, but not quite the undertaking of building a new pond.

Old Pond In this photo we see an older pond that has become quite shallow as organic material has built up.  This has caused the shoreline to shrink and the  growth of algae is beginning to effect the water quality.
Pumping The first step is to drain the pond. We'll use a high capacity gasoline powered pump.  Hanna thinks she is helping with the pumping operation.

We'll try to get the site as dry as possible so that it will be easier to work on.

Excavation In this photo you can see that we've removed the sediment and made the pond somewhat deeper than it was originally.  Next we'll seed down the site and wait for the pond to re-fill.
Pond Filled Here's our "restored" pond after about 6 weeks.  The cover crop of oats and winter rye is coming up nicely around the sides and it has almost completely re-filled.
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