Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bank Full

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Water, water everywhere. It's been raining on and off the last week or so but last night, the sky opened up and it just dumped on the ranch. We woke up the next morning to find a little water in the ponds. OK I lied, the ponds were so full they were spilling over. We had waterfalls roaring over the rimrock, racing through the canyons, we have water in the sod waterway which is something Nathan remembers only in childhood, ponds that I didn't even know existed are full and there are little springs seeping out of the ground all over the place.

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We've had water in the lower pond just about all year with our unseasonably wet year but this was the fullest Nathan or I have seen the pond. So full that it ran over along the side of the berm and down the canyon.

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Closer inspection of the dam itself showed that the water was finding other ways to escape via some rodent tunnels. On the pond side of the dam the only indication is this small hole with a swirl of water and a sucking sound.

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But one the other side of the dam it is pretty apparent that that's not the constructed outfall spilling all that water.

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Here Nathan and my uncle Mike survey the damage. My aunt Kate and Mike were out for the weekend in hope of catching a good view of the Geminid meteor shower. I think we can guess how well that turned out though Kate did catch a few meteors through the clouds.

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As for the dam, not too much we can do right now; it doesn't appear to be very structurally compromised at this point but we will have to watch and see. Come summer time we've got one more project on the never-ending list.

4 comments:

Jarom said...

That's one way to get rid of a ground squirrel problem...

Diane said...

The other way would be to invite Grandpa Joe out there. He loves to shoot the vermin.

Katia said...

Touche...

Uncle Grump said...

What wonderful pictures! Thank you.

If the water coming out the back of the dam is more turbid than the water in the pond, that is not good. Well its worse than the not good thing of the water coming out the back of the dam period.

We had a major failure of this pond, 20 years ago, more or less.

If more turbid, pls contact me asap.

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