How important is level?

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  1. crowsandcats

    crowsandcats New Member

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    why bother trying to get exact level when flagging a swale? Once the earth is dug, it won't be exactly level.
     
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    true, but water does seek it's own level so the closer you get it to
    level the less water movement along the swale happens. which
    keeps erosion from happening...
     
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    Ideally would would traverse the dug swale again to level out any high/low spots. During lighter rainfall events this will spread the retained water further rather than pooling.
     
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    I think it depends on your goals for the swales, how much water you annually receive and what sort of volume a catastrophic storm might produce.
    I use .5 degrees of down slope on our swales and they turn at back and forth to handle the up to 7 inch in 3 hour rains we sometimes receive.

    This is because I don't live in Australia, where yeoman's lived and developed his system (which works beautifully there, but not so much here in the USA).
     

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