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NFC: Damming the stream, part 3

Some of you may remember my early attempts to dam a section of 
a small stream on my property.  To recap, the stream is at the most 
3 feet wide (during the rainy season!) and enters at the right-hand 
side of my property, drops about 2 feet from a culvert underneath 
my driveway, curves around the house, exits at the front of my 
property, goes underneath the road in front of my house, and drops 
4-6 feet from a culvert into the "lower" stream, from which I have 
collected redfin darters, green sunfish, etc. During the summer the 
part of the stream which is on my land dries up completely.  Twice 
before I have attempted to dam part of this stream.  The idea is to 
transport fishes captured from the lower stream into the dammed 
area, so I can enjoy them year 'round, kind of like a garden pond.  
Twice before my improvised dams have washed away :-(  

Acting on advice from BG Granier, this time I used rocks interleaved 
with plastic sheeting.  I also pounded several wooden stakes on the 
downstream side of the dam, and put logs between them and the 
rocky part of the dam.  The rains are commencing, so we shall see 
how version 3 holds up!  I'll keep you posted...


"Cry to it, nuncle. as the cockney did to the eels when she put 'em i' the
paste alive; she knapped 'em o' the coxcombs with a stick, and cried 'Down
wantons, down!'"