There are many great reasons to install a pond or wetland on your property. Ponds are a great reserve of water for livestock, a sound fire defense reservoir, and a place of natural beauty and recreation. There are also vernal pools and wetlands that offer great habitat to your property. Wetlands are in many ways a filter for our world’s surface water and are a vital natural resources.
Scioto SWCD offers technical assistance to landowners on ponds, with advice on soil suitability, site selection, pond design and addressing issues with leaking ponds and nuisance wildlife. If you are thinking about building a pond the Division of Soil and Water Resources is tasked with dam permitting in the state of Ohio. Many smaller size ponds and dams are exempted from permitting but you can check their website beforehand for permitting requirements.