There are a number of important factors to consider when planning to build a new pond or work on an existing pond. You need to decide how you will use the pond and if it will have multiple uses (e.g. livestock and fishing), the size and location of the pond, the drainage area (i.e. watershed) of the pond, and the type of soil that your pond will be constructed on. For a good introduction to pond construction, please refer to Purdue Extension Publication ID-409-W.
For answers to common questions on pond construction, maintenance and management, please refer to Purdue Extension Publication ID-410-W .
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) also has a number of publications and documents that cover planning, pond design, construction and maintenance, and pond safety.
For help with specific pond design and construction, please contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District.
For more technical expertise or advice regarding pond construction and maintenance, please contact your local NRCS field office .