This is an ordinary 4 inch perforated drain pipe, bought at North Lowndes Hardware. It needs to go through that dam I’m standing on. How do you do that? First remove a bunch of sticks (gloves are useful for this):
Normally the dogs love to dig, but this time not so much.
The dam goes a long way:
Here the beavers have supplied a convenient pry pole:
That made a big gap and Gretchen dredged it to make a good flow.
If the beavers think our rebuilding efforts are too messy, they can fill in for us. Meanwhile the pipe will keep the pond drained:
Or at least that’s the theory. We’ll check back later to see how well it’s working.