I dug some great holes in anticipation of the spring rains before they stop for the summer, as they have in other years. While it may not happen this year, if it does, I am a bit more prepared. Here are some shots, before and after to show how much water can be contained in clay bowls cut out of the ground.
This is a new hole to fill up for us and it is a doozy. We have more than 20′ of water in over half of this pond.
Here is a view that shows the supply canal on the far end and the output will be behind where this picture is taken.
Chicken Pond is close to full.
We got close to the overflow that if breached, will allow a great deal of water into the storage caverns below ground.
Leading back to the upper pond and canals. Nearly 300 feet of canoe trail through the canals and ponds.
Here is the 4th level down pond.
The 5th pond down and it is doing great. We added three giant additional holes and they all filled, likely 50,000-75,000 more gallons, plus 4′ higher for the whole pond.
Here you can see the dramatic difference in the elevations of the two ponds.
Canal trenches that collect run off from the hillside and the building then feeds it to the ponds.
The rest of the canal / trench.
The bottom of the canal where the pipe to relieve the pond or supply the pond comes up.
Hope you like the changes. Will post some pictures soon of all of the great things growing in the mounds all around.
Thanks for visiting spring rains in Salvage, Texas.