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#1 of 2 Old 06-02-2013, 10:26 PM - Thread Starter
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I am currently looking at houses and properties to buy. I came across one recently tht has a pond I would want to fill in if I got it and I am wondering if anyone has had any experience filling in a pond and turning it into useable area.


I looked online and could find almost nothing on this.

I am not interested in hearing reasons for keeping the pond, I am more looking for practical experiences if it can really be done and methods and costs.


I will be looking into it IRL with people but am just curious right now so wanted to see if anyone has done this.


The yard is not that big and I don't like ponds at all- I would never swim in it and for many reasons I don't want to live near one. If I could turn the pond into yard the yard would be just big enough for me.


I still have to look more closely at it and will be seeing it next week (and the house more closely).


I know I will have to find out first if I need a permit.

If I am permitted then I would have someone drain it, and I guess divert a spring if there is one,.

And then we would backfill it with hardrock matter, rocks, sand I gues? clay- whatever0 util we got to the top level which we would put dirt.


Can I get it to be dry and a useable space?

Do you know anyone who has done this?

I was trying to estimate the size but amnot sure- possible 50 ft by 100 ft?

and all I know about it is that it was man- dug, and possibly has a spring feeding it.

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I find this question fascinating! I used to live near a park with a drained pond. The former pond area wasn't leveled, but the ground was just as grassy as the rest of the park and, if you didn't look at the shape, you wouldn't know it had ever been a pond. I always wondered how they did that! Anyhow, maybe searching for "draining ponds" and then "leveling ground" would work if you can't find anything on "filling in ponds." Good luck and let us know how it works out!

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