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Old 02-02-2010, 02:31 PM  
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Thanks! I'll check it out some more. You have given me some more options to consider. I really appreciate it!
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Here's another thought. Fill the swale with pipes suitable for burial, pour some concrete to stabilize them and cover with fill dirt & topsoil & sod. Now you have an underground stream.

Or see if these people
or some other company make flat, corrugated, coated sheets
capable of supporting enough pounds per sq. ft.
Then cover the swale with several of these sheets and cover with fill dirt & topsoil & sod.

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I have a similar swale in my back yard. Its grass most of the time. There are berms in the swale which cause it to pond up when there is a lot of water. The berms are used to slow down the flow, prevent erosion and encourage the water to perk into the ground on my property.

Without cooperation of your neighbors there isn't much you can do. You could do a drywell but it would need to be huge and probably isnt practical.

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If you have the same clay soil that I have the dry well would not very well. I'd try at least talking to the neighbors and see if they are interested in doing a ditch project. With that hill and the way rain sheets off our clay a ditch or culvert is still the best option I see.
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I've had similar problems where I was unable to get rid of the water by draining onto my neighbor's property and there were no storm sewers I could use for a drain. Actually many locations will not allow hooking a drain into a sewer.

I was never able to PREVENT a puddle of water from forming, but by installing a dry well (or several) the water went down within a day. I also gardually raised to soil level over two years so that the water didn't form as large a pond.

A couple of points:
1. Dry wells work best in sandy soils, but they will work in clay also.
2. If you have a septic tank, don't place the dry well near the septic drain field.
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