NANFA-- Damming the stream, part 3

D. Martin Moore (
Mon, 10 Jan 2000 19:38:11 -0600

Some of you may remember my early attempts to dam a section of
a small stream on my property. To recap, the stream is at the most
3 feet wide (during the rainy season!) and enters at the right-hand
side of my property, drops about 2 feet from a culvert underneath
my driveway, curves around the house, exits at the front of my
property, goes underneath the road in front of my house, and drops
4-6 feet from a culvert into the "lower" stream, from which I have
collected redfin darters, green sunfish, etc. During the summer the
part of the stream which is on my land dries up completely. Twice
before I have attempted to dam part of this stream. The idea is to
transport fishes captured from the lower stream into the dammed
area, so I can enjoy them year 'round, kind of like a garden pond.
Twice before my improvised dams have washed away :-(

Acting on advice from BG Granier, this time I used rocks interleaved
with plastic sheeting. I also pounded several wooden stakes on the
downstream side of the dam, and put logs between them and the
rocky part of the dam. The rains are commencing, so we shall see
how version 3 holds up! I'll keep you posted...


"Cry to it, nuncle. as the cockney did to the eels when she put 'em i' the
paste alive; she knapped 'em o' the coxcombs with a stick, and cried 'Down
wantons, down!'"

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