Some photos of the Riverview Elementary School pond that our members "supervised". When I said supervise, I put that in quotes as Don Butterworth, Phil Grefrath, and I swung the pickaxe more than we had thought we would. The soil was some of the worst clay I have ever encountered, and that's from a guy who lives in clay and rock city out here in Holland!
The experience was very rewarding, and the pond came out exactly as we had designed it. The parents of the elementary school children learned a great deal about installing liner ponds, designed with sloping floors and marginal shelves. They helped dig the pond, and learned how to install underlayment, the liner itself, and even how to pleat the liner!
I hope you had a chance to see the picture of the elementary school kids "helping out" in the pond construction that made the cover page in the local section of the Buffalo News. If you did, you noticed Phil with hand poised on the shovel ready to continue digging as soon as the kids got through! With pick axes flying that day we had to be very careful the kids were clear of the excavation! The entire pond installation project took only 1 ½ days, which considering the soil, was better than we predicted. Many thanks to Don and Phil for all their help!!