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A Guide to Excavated and Embankment Pond Systems

D. Allen Hughes, PE

For centuries landowners have been building ponds for livestock water, aquaculture, irrigation and recreation. More than 2 million ponds had been built in the United States on privately owned land. More will be needed in the future.

The demand for water has increased in recent years, and ponds are one of the most reliable and economical sources of water. Ponds are serve a variety of purposes, including water for livestock, irrigation, fish production, field and orchard spraying, fire protection, energy conservation, wildlife habitat, recreation, erosion control, and landscape improvement.

This course introduces the two main types of dams, embankment and excavated. Design, construction, maintenance and safety considerations for the various planned uses are also introduced.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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