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An excavated pond can serve many purposes on a farm.

Practice Code: 378
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

A pond is a water impoundment made by constructing a dam or an embankment or by excavating a pit or dugout.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Provides wildlife habitat
  • Provides recreational opportunities
  • Provides water for livestock, wildlife, or irrigation
  • Provides on-site water in the event of fire

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Fishpond Management (399)
Prescribed Grazing (528)
Watering Facility (614)

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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