Friday, August 28, 2015

expansion

Contemplating a pen expansion (red) and catchment excavation (blue).
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20 comments:

remmij said...

that would be a huge undertaking… ~2xs the existing plus heavy earthmoving equipment for the spa… I mean basin… plus a lot of roadside rustling access - on the other hand, a much larger Ben & pals playground. You have a post estimate yet? That ground doesn't get any softer.

Rita B. said...

wow. remember how worn out you were settin' those last posts. looks nice though.

John Wells said...

Waiting on the fence estimate...the ground in that area is easy on posts. Have access to a free front end loader/backhoe.

ßeulah ßee said...

what is a catchment evacuation?

rondeb said...

Do you intend to line the catchment. The last damned up area if I remember, wouldn't hold water.

Margery Bills said...

:-)

rpm said...

just in case you missed it,
remmij rules!

rock on remmij,
you're awesome.

-uncle ricky

Ronald Mahan said...

Takes a lot of Chihuahuan Desert- to feed even one Longhorn steer! An alternative plan - if the land contours would permit this - would be long low levees - that would cause runoff rainwater to irrigate the maximum number of acres. This would significantly improve grass growth in the flooded areas. It would put the runoff water to work immediately - helping to grow grass and other vegetation - before the water is simply lost to evaporation (from an uncovered stock pond). A significant advantage - would be the ease of repairing a damaged low levee - compared to rebuilding a broken stock pond dam.

Margery Bills said...

Fifty years ago when I bought my property, other and older people were buying land also for their someday retirement. Everyone was very excited. When I finally came back here, the couple in back of me was not here yet. The lady was saving the land for her grandchildren. The land was recently sold. The lady's husband had been killed when a forklift or backhoe rolled over and crushed him on the job. They never built.

remmij said...

the EPayA may be watching…
pricey pond

John Wells said...

I'm OK as long as it doesn't catch and hold more than 65,170,285.71 gallons...

Margery Bills said...

Driving around the hill country, there is a pond where horses stayed. No horses now, and the water might be stagnant.

remmij said...

…it's always that last .71 of a gallon
┐(゚´~゚)┌

remmij said...

…stocked the pond here with fish - not sure what they are eating, but they seem to be thriving:
(might be careless kayakers?)
pond fish

a little vacation from tfl - the Cortes Bank - might influence your basin topography

Margery Bills said...

Very interesting remmij about the Cortes Bank. When I was about 12 I was in the area surfing on smaller crests. Got under one one time and was pounded into shore. Running out of air and helpless. Scary.

Rev.jimmyleebob said...

Was just reading yesterday where EPA fined a guy 16 million for digging a pond in Wyoming. Under the new rules, if you have a mud puddle in your driveway ,they have jurisdiction. If you can't refrain from doing it, Jeff Lawton is pretty good at transforming desert with swales.

JC said...

The EPA fined Andrew Johnson in Wyoming because he dammed Six Mile Creek for his "stock pond" -which it is not. He failed to get all the necessary permits, including from the United States Army Corps of Engineers. They are the ones that notified the EPA. Also, that Creek runs through his neighbors property and has had an impact on the amount of water going down stream. I bet you guys wouldn't be happy if I purchased property upstream from you, dammed it, and made pond (purely for aesthetics I might add, he tried to use the stock pond loophole but they saw through it).

Now turn off FoxNews and do some research.

Here I even did some of the work for you:
http://yosemite.epa.gov/oa/rhc/epaadmin.nsf/filings/6c6ec0f783d2b53985257c7c00214564/$file/cwa%2008%202014%200012%20ao.pdf

Take his address from the PDF above and google his property. You can clearly see how his "stock pond" can have an impact on those down stream.

John Wells said...

https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/drought/waterrights.html

JC said...

John - Texas spells it out pretty clearly. Looking forward to seeing your project unfold.

Just remember - "The intent of the D&L exemption from permitting is that the D&L users will share the water. "

Carlos said...

I would try hugelkulture type retainment. Vegetation aka grass does much better job of water retention then damming.