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#3227485 - 04/20/13 08:45 PM Pond Dredging
backroads
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Our property in Hardin County has a man-made pond which isn't very deep. Do you know if it is expensive to have someone dredge it a bit deeper? Better yet, does anyone know of anyone that has the equipment to do this type work and won't break the bank?

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#3227558 - 04/20/13 10:26 PM Re: Pond Dredging [Re: backroads]
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Unless you drain it, a track-hoe is going to be your best bet. How far from the bank to the center of the pond do you estimate?
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#3227833 - 04/21/13 11:56 AM Re: Pond Dredging [Re: farmin68]
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I'm not real good at judging distances but I would guess edge to center is approximately 40 feet. I didn't think about it may have to be drained. It's spring fed so it may not be possible? I guess you could pump water out and into the creek faster than it is being replenished by the spring.

I think your right about the track-how being easier.

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#3227904 - 04/21/13 01:54 PM Re: Pond Dredging [Re: backroads]
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Is there a levee holding water in the pond?

If not, I think your options will be pretty limited to whatever a trackhoe can do.
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#3227918 - 04/21/13 02:08 PM Re: Pond Dredging [Re: Crosshairy]
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If a track hoe can get all the way around he could do a lot. Even if you have a shallow area in the middle it would be ok in my book. Sounds like the only feasible option. Mite get lucky and find a long boom track hoe.
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#3227941 - 04/21/13 03:15 PM Re: Pond Dredging [Re: TRIGGER]
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build a bigger dam, past the present one then open it up
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#3227966 - 04/21/13 04:16 PM Re: Pond Dredging [Re: landman]
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If it helps you any Niles Smith is in your area and did ours, and he did a good job. I can get you some contact info if you like.
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#3228004 - 04/21/13 05:15 PM Re: Pond Dredging [Re: landman]
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 Originally Posted By: landman
build a bigger dam, past the present one then open it up


That probably won't work out very well. The proper slope of the ground going into the water is critical in minimizing weed growth in the pond. The new downstream levee would have to raise the water level in the existing pond enough to submerse the existing levee plus bring the new water level up enough to allow cutting a proper slope to a depth of at least 3 ft into the water. Then there is the potential issue of the larger size backing up across a property line onto a neighbor.
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#3228007 - 04/21/13 05:18 PM Re: Pond Dredging [Re: farmin68]
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Steve, are there fish in the pond now? If so, when you start dredging, the silt being stirred up will likely kill them.
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#3232039 - 04/26/13 06:29 AM Re: Pond Dredging [Re: farmin68]
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Sorry for not responding sooner. I had to go to DC for business and haven't had much time this week.

Last Saturday I saw some small fish in there for the first time. I suspect they are blue gill. The biggest was maybe 3 or 4 inches. Last summer with the drought you could see bottom all the way across it and no fish then. It maybe had 2 feet of water in it. If i had known this was a problem i would if taken care of it then. (I purchased it last nov)

I think a trac hoe is the best option even if the center is shallow. I appreciate all the input.

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