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.
Contact us for information about arranging an introductory call.
Updated July 20, 2021