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    I have another water question. This past weekend I was down on the farm just walking around and checking things out I have a nice little small spring head on the back side that allways has a deep clear pool of ice cold water, well to my surprize the little brats next door have filled it full of sticks and logs and anything else they could find in the woods.

    My question is after I have my talk with their daddy how do I need to clean it up? besides pulling out the sticks and logs I can reach? I have thought about dropping some sections of concrete pipe into the hole and some type of roof or cover but have left it natural because it has allways had water no matter how dry it gets, I am afraid if I mess with it I will screw it up,now I am thinking I need to protect it from any more damage.

    I am thinking about tieing a rope to his oldest kid he is 13-14 and tossing his tail in the water and make him clean the mess back out but some bleading heart will think I am being mean. My son heard them down there shooting into the spring and throwing stuff in and he ran them off, so we know it was them.

    Any suggestions from all you smart guys and gals out there?

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    Originally posted by BARRACUDABILLY View Post
    I have another water question. This past weekend I was down on the farm just walking around and checking things out I have a nice little small spring head on the back side that allways has a deep clear pool of ice cold water, well to my surprize the little brats next door have filled it full of sticks and logs and anything else they could find in the woods.

    My question is after I have my talk with their daddy how do I need to clean it up? besides pulling out the sticks and logs I can reach? I have thought about dropping some sections of concrete pipe into the hole and some type of roof or cover but have left it natural because it has allways had water no matter how dry it gets, I am afraid if I mess with it I will screw it up,now I am thinking I need to protect it from any more damage.

    I am thinking about tieing a rope to his oldest kid he is 13-14 and tossing his tail in the water and make him clean the mess back out but some bleading heart will think I am being mean. My son heard them down there shooting into the spring and throwing stuff in and he ran them off, so we know it was them.

    Any suggestions from all you smart guys and gals out there?
    A lot of it depends on that boys Daddy. You may not need to do anything to prevent it from happening again except to mention it to his Daddy. You can also tell his Daddy that you have been having problems with Coyotes and you are putting out steel traps down there because they are watering from that hole. His Dad will make sure he does not go back down there then. As far as covering it, I would not use anything solid. I would go with some chicken wire to keep the debris out, but I wouldn't want to mess with the sunlight or air. Any moss that may grow there will help out as a natural filter. Just my $.02 worth.
    ~Lyon~

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    • #3
      Good idea about the wire. I have a bunch old small dia stainless rod I can fab up a grate or screen. I was also kicking around the idea of making a wishing well type thing with a rope, bucket and crank ect. mabe if the kids can look at this as a nice place to get a cold drink of water they will not want to trash it up.

      Thanks this is the feed back I am looking for.

      I grew up with the kids daddy he is not the sharpest knife in the drawer and the nut don't fall far from the tree. When I talk to him I am going to try to explain to him the need to keep this spring clean not only for me but for in an emergency situation for them too. He is my only neighbor close by. We will see how it goes. This little spring was a big selling point to me buying the land and I just bought 5 more acres on the other side. I hope to make this my BOL someday

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BARRACUDABILLY View Post
        When I talk to him I am going to try to explain to him the need to keep this spring clean not only for me but for in an emergency situation for them too.
        heck no. Saying it like that, it's like you are inviting them in!

        Sounds like you need to explain the concept of boundaries to them. I'm sure the kids meant no harm, it was just something to do, but they've got to realize they should entertain themselves on their own property.

        any way to take some sort of net and dredge out all the stuff thrown in?
        "Be Excellent to Each Other"

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        • #5
          I went back down to the farm yesterday, had to give my son a ride home, he said he talked to the daddy and the sticks were out of the spring. His boys also trashed a spring on their own land, that is where my son found the daddy cleaning up his own spring. One other problem is my spring is right on the line like 10 feet on my side. The real sad part is this area is called indian springs and my spring head and Buddy's (the daddy) had some large moss covered rocks forming a circle around the water, put there by indians? who knows? but now the rocks are in the spring. We were assured this will not happen again.

          But back to my original question. How can I clean this up this summer, is it safe or wise to get into a pool of water say 4-5 foot in dia and who knowes how deep. to try to clean it out or should I just leave it alone and let nature do its thing.

          On a brighter note my son found two more small springs futher down the little creek, we knew the creek got a little bigger and the water had to be coming from somewhere so I have two more small sourses of water bubbleing out of the side of the creek bank. This area is thick with holly trees and is hard to explore even in the winter time. and will make a great place to hide.

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          • #6
            I have used rakes, grapples, 20 ft. poles with hooks mounted and on them and long nets to help clean out hand dug wells to restore them. On some of the wells I have worked on where the large well stone either fell in or were knocked in I have had to use a backhoe with soy hydrualic fluid so as not taint the water but that is a last resort. If the rocks could be seen and reached with the poles, we would use the poles to put straps around the rocks then winch them out. To protect well we have installed well tiles or dry well structures in them, these can then be capped and locked.http://www.concretebuildingsupply.co...php?page_id=47

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            • #7
              BB, just let nature take her course. Remove ths sticks, but I wouldnt climb in and disturb the spring anymore than need be.
              "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches" Franklin

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