Swells and Ponds


  1. First to review state laws on water collection.
  2. Second to gain advice on our proposed plans to control and slow drainage.

Since the area’s water director lives just down the road, she advised we inform him of our plans so he did not come barreling up to the house in a huff when he sees dirt and rocks being moved in his line of site. We will be inching our way along, to see just what our tractor can do. It looks a little less rocky there but who knows what’s under the surface. We found that out when we tried to put up a fence around the pasture. It is especially rocky around the dip and maybe under it too.

Besides digging, we will ask the neighbor, who is always anxious to get rid of manure from his ranch’s pile, if he wouldn’t like to contribute. With it and some sand brought in, we hope to build up the dirt along the north side of the house extending the build up east to west to catch the water and channel it west to the pond. Wouldn’t it be cool if we had enough water to help supply a few drought resistant berry shrubs to to the south of the pond? We’re dreaming I know but even if we gain control of run off we are staving off erosion.

Right now Kirk has his attention on working on a greenhouse but we will continue to observe, ponder, and work on the project when we can.

It’s best to place some resiliency into our plans. The child size glacier on the north side of the property is going to become an asset. Think positive right? How much we don’t know yet.


Swells will grow in stature and so will a tiny, most of the year dry, pond when we build it that is. It will feel good to know we stand a better chance of weathering some of life’s storms. Are swells and ponds in your plans?


3 thoughts on “Swells and Ponds

  1. J > Interesting that you, like many other N Americans use the term ‘swell’ and ‘swells’ for the drainage feature that only flows when there’s lots of surface water, otherwise it sinks into the ground. In the UK, they are referred to as Swales (with capital S), named after the River Swale, because being on limestone that is just how it flows : only in winter is the flow continuous, in summer it is some places above ground, others below, and often a bit of both. Is it possible that the terminology jumped the big pond, but somehow got corrupted (due to unfamiliarity with its original namesake)?


    1. I would guess so. I see many words that we use that are spelled differently in the U.K. I also see many words that are spelled the same but said completely different. In my small observations it appears that you say the words far more phonetically than we do. I wish many things had not gotten corrupted as you say but alas, change is inevitable.


  2. We also use the word ‘swale’. We have no need for them, since water flows through all the time. Besides, we do not have much flat area.
    In new urban development, all runoff must be contained, and allowed to percolate back into the ground. It is ridiculous! It is illegal to collect rain water that falls on the property, but it is also illegal to allow it to flow away. If the water does not belong to those who own the property, they who does it belong to, and why are they not paying rent?


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