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Old 06-13-2018, 10:46 AM   #1
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We have an area where an old creek/drainage area goes across a pasture and would like to dig a pond in that area to utilize the natural slopes and over flow into the down hill side of the drainage ditch. What is the typical cost for this type of work? The soil is not great and clay may be deep if present all so some type of lining may be required.
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:50 AM   #2
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:52 AM   #3
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Good luck finding some good work. My dad had one dug a month or so ago. Hasn't really rained so it hasn't filled in.
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:53 AM   #4
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Depends on alot of factors.
Call around and get some pricing.
Its pretty easy to spend $20K on a pond.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:14 AM   #5
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That's what they did when they built this large pond on my lease. It's approximately 4 or 5 acres. I'm parked on a dam looking up Lobo Creek when I took this pic on my phone a couple months ago. The deepest portion is right at the dam, being about 10 foot. Most of it is about 4 though. No clay here. Guys on the lease say they haven't seen it dry in 4 years. Although it is starting to recede some. Could use a refill. Don't have a clue what it cost.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:22 AM   #6
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This would be near San Diego and about 1-2 acres. Doesn’t need to be real deep as it will mostly be for the kids to do some fishing and for the animals to have a place to drink from.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:44 AM   #7
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I think it greatly depends on who does it and a lot of other factors. A one acre pond could cost anywhere from $6K to $20K.

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we were quoted 30K for less acre
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:20 PM   #9
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All depends on bulldozer time. If you can sell some of the dirt to someone, it could pay for a couple extra hours.
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www.pondboss.com is your friend... best source for ANYTHING pond-related.
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Old 06-13-2018, 02:49 PM   #11
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This would be near San Diego and about 1-2 acres. Doesn’t need to be real deep as it will mostly be for the kids to do some fishing and for the animals to have a place to drink from.
I dig my ponds to 18'. Annual evaporation rate is about 8-9'
Hopefully the pond is in a good spot to catch as much runoff as possible.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:04 PM   #12
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I dig my ponds to 18'. Annual evaporation rate is about 8-9'
Hopefully the pond is in a good spot to catch as much runoff as possible.
There is an old well within about 100í that I would like to have revamped and use to keep the pond level up if needed.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:29 PM   #13
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Figure $2.50 per yard. 1600 yards per acre-foot. So $4000 for every acre-foot.

Good number is $18-20K per surface acre without liner.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:37 PM   #14
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We have an area where an old creek/drainage area goes across a pasture and would like to dig a pond in that area to utilize the natural slopes and over flow into the down hill side of the drainage ditch
I have basically a square property in the hill country that is bisected by a dry creek (used to flow about 30 years ago) east to west. Had a 8 wheel tractor with a scrapper come in and dig out the pond and dam up the low side. I forgot how many hours I paid for but it was about $5Gs. So far the pigs and turkeys have found my water hole.

With that said I have had more than few old timers in the area tell me that it is too rocky to hold water, and that I will need to line with with bentonite which will be another $5Gs.
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:48 PM   #15
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Weíve had 2 ponds built in last 5 years. One was 8 acres and one was 10. 95k for one and just over 100k for another. Ours are both about 25 feet deep at the deepest point. A lot of factors come into play. Do you have to bring in a liner,? Do you have good runoff. And one hiccup we had to deal with was daming a ďnamedĒ creek. The state frowns upon it and TCEQ got involved. Good luck.


Also find someone who builds tanks and ponds donít just hire someone who can operate a dozer or scraper
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:14 PM   #16
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i had a pond dug about a year ago. its a little over 1 acre surface area and 18' deep at the ****. cost 20K. From what I was told it depends on is it a rehab or newly dug. how much dirt needs to be moved and trucked in or out. Diesel cost more today than a year ago and basically what everyone else has already said.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:40 PM   #17
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I’ve been trying to get someone to give me a price to dig mine out and make slightly bigger. It’s about 1/4 acre and prob only 5-6’ deep if I had to guess. I think I’ll just rent a dozer and do it myself after I drain it and let it dry. Everyone is to busy and if they decide to do it they will prob charge a premium. It’s been a while since I was on a dozer but I think I can do it.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:46 PM   #18
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Iíve been trying to get someone to give me a price to dig mine out and make slightly bigger. Itís about 1/4 acre and prob only 5-6í deep if I had to guess. I think Iíll just rent a dozer and do it myself after I drain it and let it dry. Everyone is to busy and if they decide to do it they will prob charge a premium. Itís been a while since I was on a dozer but I think I can do it.
Have you called Benny Melton there in frost? I donít know what he has going on right now but that man and his son Ben can do anything dirt related. Especially dozer work.
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:50 PM   #19
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Have you called Benny Melton there in frost? I donít know what he has going on right now but that man and his son Ben can do anything dirt related. Especially dozer work.
I havenít can you pm me his number. Jason gave another guys number but he hasnít even set up a time to look at it yet.
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Old 06-14-2018, 01:05 PM   #20
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If you look up Pond Boss on YouTube, Bob Lusk did an episode with Mike Otto. May be able to get some good info from there.
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Iíve been trying to get someone to give me a price to dig mine out and make slightly bigger. Itís about 1/4 acre and prob only 5-6í deep if I had to guess. I think Iíll just rent a dozer and do it myself after I drain it and let it dry. Everyone is to busy and if they decide to do it they will prob charge a premium. Itís been a while since I was on a dozer but I think I can do it.
It would probably be cheaper to fill that one in and build a new one.
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It would probably be cheaper to fill that one in and build a new one.
How do you figure?
Also this one is in a natural drainage on a 30ac parcel, not much room for movement.
Itís prob closer to 1/2-3/4 ac after looking better. Needs to be dug out about 5-6í and add about an half more of its size.
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Old 06-14-2018, 03:08 PM   #23
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Get a Mennonite to dig it, they charge around 150.00 per hour for a 18yd scraper.
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How do you figure?
Also this one is in a natural drainage on a 30ac parcel, not much room for movement.
Itís prob closer to 1/2-3/4 ac after looking better. Needs to be dug out about 5-6í and add about an half more of its size.
Usually when digging out an existing pond you have to move the dirt multiple times so you're charged multiple times for the same amount of dirt

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This is correct. I said the same thing in my post. This has been my personal experience if your are truly wanting a pond. best to start new. Also to get deep there will most likely have to be excavation work.

if all he wants is a slightly bigger livestock tank than pump it or let the drought do it and use a dozer to try and get as deep as you can.
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:00 PM   #26
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Get with your county agent with the natural resources. They will help you layout everything but becuase of all the red tape regulations that's about all you
Will need them for. They will also have a list of contractors that perform the type of work your looking for.
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Get with your county agent with the natural resources. They will help you layout everything but becuase of all the red tape regulations that's about all you
Will need them for. They will also have a list of contractors that perform the type of work your looking for.
ours didn't offer anything other than a recommendation on the contractor, which we did use
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I did my own .5 acre for 1200.00 just rented a dozer. They brought it out and picked it up.

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Get with your local NRCS agent. They can help design it and may even be able to help build it.

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Weíve had 2 ponds built in last 5 years. One was 8 acres and one was 10. 95k for one and just over 100k for another. Ours are both about 25 feet deep at the deepest point. A lot of factors come into play. Do you have to bring in a liner,? Do you have good runoff. And one hiccup we had to deal with was daming a ďnamedĒ creek. The state frowns upon it and TCEQ got involved. Good luck.


Also find someone who builds tanks and ponds donít just hire someone who can operate a dozer or scraper
I want to know more about this damming of a named creek.....

I searched and searched a few years ago for info and never could find anything
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:18 PM   #31
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I want to know more about this damming of a named creek.....



I searched and searched a few years ago for info and never could find anything


The Corps of Engineers will assert jurisdiction over any named features from the USGS topographic maps. Thatís not to say it isnít done frequently. But if they were ever called out they would have a problem with it if it was not permitted.


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Old 06-15-2018, 05:57 AM   #32
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I want to know more about this damming of a named creek.....

I searched and searched a few years ago for info and never could find anything
Not sure all the regulations but Iíll ask my cousin as well. I personally think it had something to do with selling water for fracking. Since it was a natural creek he was only allowed to sell a certain amount of barrels a year. We had the little TCEQ tucks all over when they one was being built. The other one if filled all by natural runoff and no problem.
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Our landowner in Coleman paid a dozer guy $1000 a day, but 10 yrs ago
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:04 PM   #34
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I want to know more about this damming of a named creek.....

I searched and searched a few years ago for info and never could find anything
Checked with my cousin. It was because we were selling water to the oil companies. They only allow a certain number of barrels a year from certain waterways which I guess a "named" creek is.
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Am I the only one that still calls it a tank? A pond must have a jogging trail and a park bench. Lol.

Its mind numbing how many people in Texas these days call a tank a pond. Must be yankees or Californians.

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I want to know more about this damming of a named creek.....

I searched and searched a few years ago for info and never could find anything
Whomever is working a natural drainage into a pond or tank better keep a lid on it in today's world environmental regulations
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Am I the only one that still calls it a tank? A pond must have a jogging trail and a park bench. Lol.

Its mind numbing how many people in Texas these days call a tank a pond. Must be yankees or Californians.

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I figured you would've weighed in before now with this take. As soon as I read the title, I was counting down until you said it was a tank
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Growing up in central Texas back in the 70s and 80s no one called tanks a pond....or paaaaand. Lol. It drives me crazy.

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It's only a tank if you are using it for livestock. Then it is a stock tank.

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City people telling country people what to call stuff is hilarious!
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Am I the only one that still calls it a tank? A pond must have a jogging trail and a park bench. Lol.

Its mind numbing how many people in Texas these days call a tank a pond. Must be yankees or Californians.

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lol. Its a tank where I come from as well. If its built for the cattle to drink out of, fish or swim, its still a tank.
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