New question concerning shared ponds...

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Ravenlost, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We have two ponds that straddle the property line (same line that we put the fence on). These ponds are not spring fed and the past two summers they have almost dried up. The deep end is on our side so this results in NO pond on the other property. Hubby has been talking about dredging them out, which would probably result in no ponds EVER on the other side of the fence.

    If we do this will it cause us potential legal problems?
     
  2. ericjeeper

    ericjeeper Well-Known Member

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    I do not see that it will matter.. if a neighbor backs a pond upon your land here you now have full water rights..
     

  3. 3ravens

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    Can you talk to your neighbor about sharing dredging costs and doing the whole pond? Or is this the neighbor you had trouble with?
     
  4. Ravenlost

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    It's the potential neighbor who mentioned us fixing the fence so their ponies wouldn't get out. Of course, the only place their ponies would go is into our horse pasture. Hubby would be doing the dredging himself.
     
  5. rambler

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    Here in Minnesota one would basiclly be thrown in jail for messing with a wetland. No way one could clean it out without a whole stack of papers from several govt agencies. Can't even try to farm them any more.....

    Are you actually allowed to do this in MS????

    --->Paul
     
  6. Ravenlost

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    This isn't a wetland. We just converted 33 acres back to wetlands last year and hubby dredged out the pond in the front yard. These are seasonal watering holes for cattle. They need some work so they'll actually stay wet during the summer!

    Hmmmm...we could probably go to the Soil Conservation Service and get paid to improve the ponds!
     
  7. rambler

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    I'm glad for you.

    Things are much worse here in my state. It is all a wetland. Any of it.

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  8. uncle Will in In.

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    Check with the soil conservation service before you dig. Anyplace water stands seven days a year is a wetland and they don't have much sense of humor about the owners messing with it.
     
  9. johnghagen

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    You will have no problems with what you are doing,but to clear something up for anyone in Illinois.You dont have any rights to the water on the other peoples property.An example is that if the pond or lake is across two peoples property then you can only use the water to fish or what ever on your side.This statement is free, it cost several thousand dollars for me to learn in layer costs.The only exception is navicatable water such as some rivers and then you cant anchor to the land or in any way touch the land.