Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The One Where They Build a Dam....

This picture was taken in late September 2010. 

This picture was taken last week.

Heavy rains in late September 2010 really caused the brook to run high. Though it was exciting to see, it eroded the ground around the culvert which runs under the road and diverts fresh water into the pond. So for the last few months there has been no fresh water running into the pond (other than rain water).

So, with the BBQ approaching and the pond looking rather murky, it was time to call in the big guns!

Our plan. Build a dam right after the culvert to raise the water level and add a longer tube to collect the water from deeper in the culvert. Piece. Of. Cake.

 Getting to work!

Into the culvert!

Laying the pipe.

Keep it in place with some cinder blocks.

Use some additional blocks to raise the water level and....

Viola! The pond once again starts filling up with fresh water.

With a little luck the dam will hold and the pond will be ready for everyone's enjoyment during the BBQ! And I'll be more than happy to give everyone a tour when they come up. It might look something like this....