A berm pond - what's that?

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by Marco Schwarz, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. Hi all..

    Heard the above-mentioned term "berm pond" in TFA. I
    wondered and asked what it might be - but unfortunately I
    got no answer..!

    Well I'm familiar with the Old Saxon language and there's an
    old word called "berm", too.

    But I'm afraid it might have a different meaning..

    So what's a berm pond..?

    Any descriptions and pics are welcome..!

    Thanks in advance..!
    --
    cu
    Marco
     
    Marco Schwarz, Aug 3, 2007
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  2. Marco Schwarz

    Reel McKoi Guest

    "Marco Schwarz" wrote in message
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    > Hi all..
    >
    > Heard the above-mentioned term "berm pond" in TFA. I
    > wondered and asked what it might be - but unfortunately I
    > got no answer..!
    >
    > Well I'm familiar with the Old Saxon language and there's an
    > old word called "berm", too.
    >
    > But I'm afraid it might have a different meaning..
    >
    > So what's a berm pond..?
    >
    > Any descriptions and pics are welcome..!
    >
    > Thanks in advance..!

    ===========================
    A berm pond? The berm is the edge of a pond where the liner comes over the
    soil. Most people put a rock necklace along the berm to hide the liner edge.
    --

    RM....
    Frugal ponding since 1995.
    rec.ponder since late 1996.
    My Pond & Aquarium Pages:
    http://tinyurl.com/9do58
    Zone 6. Middle TN USA
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    Reel McKoi, Aug 3, 2007
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  3. Marco Schwarz

    ~ jan Guest

    >"Marco Schwarz" wrote in message
    > Hi all..
    >
    > Heard the above-mentioned term "berm pond" in TFA. I
    > wondered and asked what it might be - but unfortunately I
    > got no answer..!


    A berm pond is one where you've built up the soil around it, works well to
    stop run off. Also means less digging and hauling away of dirt, as you put
    the dirt around the edge, building up as you dig down.

    Kathy has a berm pond, perhaps she has a picture showing the berm, how the
    sides are still soil, but above the level of the rest of the yard. Some
    areas she rocked, others she ran the grass over the top and down to the
    water level. Thus the kiddos could lay on the grass and watch the watery
    world. :) ~ jan
    ------------
    Zone 7a, SE Washington State
    Ponds: www.jjspond.us
     
    ~ jan, Aug 4, 2007
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  4. Marco,

    It may have been in one of my posts that you heard the term 'berm
    pond'. I am sorry not to have responded. I missed your query.

    We have a 4' berm (dirt hill) at the end of our main pond. It is
    about 25' long. On it we have a variety of veggie filters (small
    ponds with a million plants that grab nutrients (fish waste)) and
    provide surface for bacteria to handle the nitrites and to allow for
    settlement of solids. There are three 55 gal barrels embedded, two 4'
    x' 8' ponds and a 4' x 4' pond. The returns are via waterfalls and
    streams. The water slowly moves through them as our filtrtation
    system. You can see the layout on our pondsite...

    home.bellsouth.net/personalpages/pwp-jameshurley

    Jim
     
    Phyllis and Jim, Aug 4, 2007
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  5. Marco Schwarz

    k Guest

    k, Aug 4, 2007
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  6. Marco Schwarz

    Reel McKoi Guest

    "Phyllis and Jim" wrote in message
    news:...
    > Marco,
    >
    > It may have been in one of my posts that you heard the term 'berm
    > pond'. I am sorry not to have responded. I missed your query.
    >
    > We have a 4' berm (dirt hill) at the end of our main pond. It is
    > about 25' long. On it we have a variety of veggie filters (small
    > ponds with a million plants that grab nutrients (fish waste)) and
    > provide surface for bacteria to handle the nitrites and to allow for
    > settlement of solids. There are three 55 gal barrels embedded, two 4'
    > x' 8' ponds and a 4' x 4' pond. The returns are via waterfalls and
    > streams. The water slowly moves through them as our filtrtation
    > system. You can see the layout on our pondsite...
    >
    > home.bellsouth.net/personalpages/pwp-jameshurley

    ============================
    One of my ponds is a berm pond and I didn't even know it. :)
    --

    RM....
    Frugal ponding since 1995.
    rec.ponder since late 1996.
    My Pond & Aquarium Pages:
    http://tinyurl.com/9do58
    Zone 6. Middle TN USA
    ~~~~ } ~~~ }
     
    Reel McKoi, Aug 4, 2007
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  7. Hi Phyllis and Jim..

    > home.bellsouth.net/personalpages/pwp-jameshurley


    Thanks. Well enjoyed your pond site very much.
    And it's a real *berm* pond - even in Old Saxon
    tradition..! :)
    --
    cu
    Marco
     
    Marco Schwarz, Aug 4, 2007
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  8. Marco Schwarz

    MLF Guest

    "Marco Schwarz" wrote
    > Heard the above-mentioned term "berm pond" in TFA. I
    > wondered and asked what it might be - but unfortunately I
    > got no answer..!



    Most commercial fish ponds are "berm" style ponds. Basically, you dig out
    the pond and pile the dirt around it in a high continuous heap all around
    the pond. The heap is the berm, also called a levee. The advantage of this
    type of arrangement is that you don't have to haul the dirt away,
    potentially contaminated ground water is prevented from draining into the
    pond during heavy rains, and the berms, if flattened on top, can be used as
    an access road to get around.

    A good, but simple explanation can be found in the "Catfish Farmers'
    Handbook" at http://aqua.ucdavis.edu/dbweb/outreach/aqua/1549MIS.PDF .

    "Berm" style ponds are common in the southern Louisiana area, where
    everything is completely flat and the water table is six inches below the
    ground surface. In fact, aquaculturists here use the same ponds to grow rice
    in the summertime and crawfish in the winter!


    Michael
    New Orleans, Louisiana USA
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    MLF, Aug 5, 2007
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  9. Marco Schwarz

    k Guest

    We kindof stumbled on making a berm around our
    pond.
    Our yard is full of rocks, big, little and boulder sized.
    Really, really hard to dig thru.
    DH finally got tire of digging and started ripping up
    turf along one of the fences. He stacked the turf
    around the pond, put the liner over and then finished
    off with flat rocks and more turf.
    The turf on top of the liner gave a place for the kids
    to hang out, up close and personal with the pond.
    The ripped up turf area is full of roses, butterfly bushes,
    aspen and a runaway honeysuckle vine (I am not a gardener
    what thrives is what survives my attempts.)

    k :)
    http://tinyurl.com/6bguh ~ new pond keeper info
    http://tinyurl.com/yp64db ~ slide show of pond
     
    k, Aug 5, 2007
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  10. Marco Schwarz, Aug 5, 2007
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  11. Hi..

    [...basics about berm ponds...]
    Thanks, Michael..! :)
    --
    cu
    Marco
     
    Marco Schwarz, Aug 5, 2007
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