Building a pond this spring? Have you carefully engineered a pipe system for the role it plays in the dam? The pipe’s job is orderly release of “normal” rain. Big runoff is discharged out the emergency spillway. A well-designed pipe can contribute features beneficial to your lake management strategy. Consider a valve to periodically drain stagnant water off the bottom. If the pond will serve as a hatchery for supplemental forage, you may want the option to drain it for seasonal maintenance. Don’t forget anti-seep collars. Install a trash screen over the riser pipe to prevent debris from washing-in and clogging the pipe. Schedule regular maintenance inspections to test valves and potential weak points on pipe joints. We can refer you to a veteran dirt contractor if you need consultation.