This Old House
a way you could say that our gravel drive has been updated to a chipped road. Water delivery should be more efficient and easier to maintain in the future. Over the last few weeks we’ve seen this work as we’ve already begun to recharge Pool 1.
The Garage Door and Exterior Windows: Entrance of water on and through the area.
In 2010, we started addressing some of the structural problems on Duck Creek proper. A parallel could be made with replacing a rickety old garage door and exterior windows.
• Ditch 1/111 structure
The ditch 1/111 structure was a management headache. We couldn’t capture water when we got it and had to intensively manage and maintain the structure when it did work. Now we have a structure that requires little work to operate and maintain. This benefits not only Duck Creek, but also our upstream neighbors. We can easily allow water to pass through and be captured into Pool 1 when it is available. It is kind of like being able to remotely close or open your garage door and even tweak it so that the cat has enough room to scamper underneath if it wants to.
• Pool 3 spillways
In Pool 3 we replaced one spillway and broadened it and installed another one on the other side of the pool. Similar to a room with poor ventilation, we opened things up so that water, instead of air, could easily pass through the pool without becoming stagnant. Additionally, like updated windows the function remains the same, but the efficiency and function of the structures has improved with this work. In May 2011, the structures were put to the test and worked as they were intended and allowed flood waters to pass through the pool and subside in a timely manner, without causing extensive levee damage or prolonged stress to the trees. The operation of the spillways benefits the long-term management of the trees, helps with flood relief to our neighbors and increases the effectiveness of our water management. For similar reasons we plan to put spillways along Pool 2 and C Pool in the future as well.
The Unfinished Basement: Developed and undeveloped portion of the area
Unit A has been pieced together and compartmentalized over the years. A levee was added here to protect the trees. A well and some pipes were piecemealed there to squeeze out a few more acres of flooded ground. The kids