and wildlife, and to control gully erosion.
How it works
How it helps
Provides water for livestock, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities.
Adds value and beauty to a farm or farmstead.
Provides a water supply for emergencies.
Is there a dependable source of clean water to fill the pond?
Will the pond store enough water for proposed uses—i.e. livestock, wildlife and recreation?
Is the soil at the proposed site capable of holding water?
If the dam is for a fish pond, the pool should have at least 1/2 acre of surface area and be at least 8 feet deep. *
The landowner should secure necessary permits or easements.
Divert runoff from feedlots, barnyards and septic tanks if the pond is used for drinking water, livestock, wildlife or recreation.
Clear all trees and shrubs within at least 30 feet of the dam's spillway and embankment. *
Generally for every surface acre of pond there should be at least 10 acres of drainage area. *
Too large a drainage area for the pond site may make the site unfeasible.
Keep burrowing animals, trees and shrubs off the dam.
Maintain grass cover on the dam.
* Criteria may need to be adjusted for local conditions.