Our primary consulting service is based on the remote evaluation of existing ponds and new pond projects. Recommendations and references are based on phone discussion, and examination of imagery, i.e., photos, videos, drone footage, Google Earth or other aerial photography or mapping; drawings, surveys, and engineering plans supplied by the client. Essentially it's like going to long-distance pond school about your project.
If the project is to be a new pond, the object is to evaluate the site(s), and explain criteria for site selection: soil testing and groundwater testing, water supply options, plans and potential for pond use, permitting requirements if any, and the basics of good pond design, either a natural earthen pond or a pond with membrane liner. This includes inflow and spillway design, fire hydrant options, and dam design and construction.
During the consultation, we go over an extensive checklist of pond topics, including beach building, fire protection, aeration, and other water quality enhancements, fish culture, wildlife attraction or control, leak detection, repairs, cleanouts, dock installation, and budget. Emphasis is on the owner's ambitions for the pond, and how they can be realized. If pertinent, contractor recommendations may be offered, as well as references for pond services, products, and general information. Depending on the project, consultation time and fee will be established.
Remote viewing is a new consulting strategy for Earth Ponds. After close to forty years of on-site visits, the long road trips and pond walkabouts were losing their charm. Working from the office was also inspired by Covid-19 health cautions to practice social distancing. Add the ability to work using the internet and the switch was an easy call. I'll miss the personal contacts and north country views. But I look forward to a wider circle of potential clients across the country and beyond.
"I have had the opportunity to work with Tim on a large pond in Northeastern Vermont. Tim's extensive knowledge of pond construction and performance was very helpful in the design stages to determine many of the details including the pond footprint and depth as well as the inflow and outflow requirements. His experience with pond building was invaluable in determining a workable methodology consistent with the local ground and water source conditions. At the end of the day, we have a beautiful and functional pond that will serve the owners for many generations to come."
Ernest Ruskey, AIAPrincipal
Tektonika Studio Architects
"I consulted with Tim before I had my pond cleaned out for the first time in over 30 years. Tim offered great guidance on how to approach the cleanout, including the sediment pond, as well as recommending a great contractor and other resources for ongoing maintenance of the pond after the cleanup. I highly recommend Tim, as his knowledge of ponds is extensive."
Updated September 11, 2021