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How can I build an ecologically conscious dam on a small brook?

I have a brook at the bottom of my property; currently a culvert empties into a small pool that then flows further downhill to the brook. I'm interested in adding a few more feet of depth to the pool ...
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How do I aerate a small 3x5 meter pond without using any electricity

I am looking to build a small natural pond (no filters or pumps) in a polytunnel. The last step in designing this is the water aeration method. I've seen various options for solar-powered aeration ...
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Are red cedar posts a viable option for freshwater dock pilings?

We are installing a platform/dock on a small freshwater pond. The property has a great amount of red cedar available for our use. How long could we expect red cedar posts to last if used as pilings? ...
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Pond for largemouth bass / perch

In NE Ohio (Zone 5 - 6) how large of a pond would I need to raise largemouth bass or perch for food production. What is the minimal depth and diameter required for 100 fish?
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Sizing a stormwater detention pond

I am building a small building on top of a hill. The roof area is 600 square feet. In my area, we get about 39 inches of rain each year, which amounts to 600*38/12 = 1950 cubic feet ~ 14500 gallons ...
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What benefits and detriments might frogs have for home gardens?

Living in suburbia I rarely see any frogs, but I understand that creating a small but unpolluted pond in my backyard is likely to provide a desirable habitat if there are any frogs in the general area....
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How can I seal a pond without using a plastic pond liner?

I'd like to create a pond in a wet spot in my yard so that I can plant some beneficial water plants and possibly attract frogs and toads to help control pests. Is it possible to seal the pond so that ...