Abstract: Golf Course ponds require periodic dredging to maintain a clean appearance while providing appropriate water storage for irrigation and wildlife.
Sedimentation and invasive plants adversely impact pond storage. The first step in a comprehensive pond renovation is to find a competent wetland engineer who will identify the following:
- Current pond topography and volume.
- Pond structure. Does it have a clay or synthetic liner?
- Pond water sources. Is it spring fed? Or fed by streams, or wells?
- Overflow structures. Determine design efficiency and condition
- Pond bank conditions.
- Applicable wetland laws, permitting processes and construction scenarios.
If the pond supplies irrigation water, then golf course managers will provide daily irrigation needs based on typical watering cycles. This information will help the engineer calculate pond volume and renovation criteria.
The engineer will develop a plan showing current topography. Next, they will create a new construction drawing based on the previously discussed criteria. This plan will show new design grades along with erosion control and pond mechanicals like sluiceways or discharge pipes. Also, they will develop a written construction sequence and cost analysis for your review.
Permitting can take over six months or longer. A capable contractor can help in the process by adding construction methodology to the discussion.