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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:17 pm 
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I have a thing for water running through my land. At out primary place the water runs lengthwise through the land with 150K gallon fish pond in the middle. At least it did. The creek at home base is mostly runoff from surrounding fields. This is different than the creek at my other place that is mostly spring fed. The creek here varies with flow about 30gpm average in normal times by the time it exits my property. The prolonged drought out here is the longest we have had since we have lived here. In four months there has been an inch of rain or 4% of normal.

The creek stopped running a while back and the pond has retreated from 100'X50' to about 20'X10' with about a 6' drop in water level. What remains is about two feet of water heavy with algae. The fish are nearly all gone.

Without running water, large game have stopped meandering through the land nearly as much as they were. I found a few tracks in the mud where the pond has shrunk but the volume of tracks is down a lot. The rabbit population had exploded over the summer but is way down now too.

Growing season is long passed but due to the extra heat the nut and fruit trees did not go dormant as quickly as they have in years past. The drought combined with them being active seems unusually hard on them. Early fruit were nice, tasty and full but late fruit withered on the branch. Leaves turned brown but it was not cold enough to make them fall. I had grown accustomed to getting rain in late summer in the form of heavy afternoon showers that I did not give it much thought at the time it did not happen this year. Otherwise I might have watered them.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:22 pm 
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Best of luck! Droughts are no joke. Here in the PNW we had a slight one last summer but this summer it was pretty wet. Both Texas and Cali had been hard hit in recent past. Lets hope this one passes quickly for you!

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It's been really dry here in my AO, with wildfires burning throughout the region. I heard this morning that only a "named storm" would be enough to bring us out of drought conditions, and there is nothing like that on the horizon.

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Do you have a water well? This may not be approprate for your area, but rather than let my ponds dry out and kill the ecosystems I simply run one of the irrigation pumps to ponds once they get below a certain level.

The critters like it also.

That said water in my area is generally a case of way too much vs. not enough.

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Watching your land's stream go dry and pond shrink makes the drought much more personal since water is the center of life. Hope that a good storm comes through soon!

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Time to think about rainwater collection / large cistern systems?


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We have a rainwater collection system and barrels. Doesn't really help when there is no rain for months. I have not bothered with a well because we have county water and the creek has never dried up. At my other place we have a 2K gallon cistern. It is strictly for reserve. The creek there can't dry up but it does go down during a drought. I might rethink things out here.

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A water well is not cheap, even a shallow one is pricey. Obviously the area and depth have a lot to do with the cost. At my place there is a shallow agricultural aquafer that is not too pricey to tap.

Do some research and see what is available in your area. The other issue especially if the well is deep is that the well will be useless without power. That and just because it is an aquicultural well does not mean it cannot be made potable as well was being useful for graywater applications.

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http://www.offthegridnews.com/how-to-2/ ... -pvc-pipe/

If you have a shallow aquifer and the right soils...

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That said, it's a short/medium term solution at best. If your creek is dry and you are drilling wells, so are your neighbors.


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damned right. Get a well dug and dont let all the fish, etc, in your pond just die, along with all the other critters. It doesn't have to be a very big or deep pond to save everything, either, so a low cost, shallow, small diameter well will normally suffice.


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You can have a small diameter well dug. They are common here for sprinkler systems usually run around 130-150 feet deep it's normally one guy with a minature oil drill on the back of a truck. No really heavy equipment is needed, that said for that long of a drought you may have to go way deeper. The well is just covered by a fake rock about the size of a medium sized dog. You will have to wash out the filters ( fist sized) about once a week.

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