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Pond 378

What it is

A farm pond is a pool of water formed by a dam or pit. There are two types of ponds - embankment ponds, which are water impoundments made by constructing an embankment, and excavated ponds, which are formed by excavating a pit or dugout.

How it helps

  • Prevents soil erosion by eliminating gullies.
  • Protects water quality by collecting and storing runoff water.
  • Provides water for livestock, fish and wildlife, recreational opportunities, fire control, and to develop renewable energy systems.
  • Adds value and beauty to a farm or farmstead.
  • Provides a water supply for emergencies.

Learn more

Find NRCS Massachusetts technical information in the Field Office Technical Guide: eFOTG.

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