In the Cancelas project, we are excited to announce the implementation of a ridge pond, a key feature of our water management system. Ridge ponds are designed to slow down and capture surface water runoff, allowing it to slowly infiltrate into the soil and recharge groundwater aquifers.

Our ridge pond is located at a strategic point in the landscape, where it can capture water from a large area and provide multiple benefits to the surrounding ecosystem. In addition to its water storage function, the ridge pond will also serve as a habitat for aquatic plants and animals, and contribute to increased biodiversity on the property.

We have carefully designed the ridge pond using principles of keyline design, ensuring that it is integrated into the natural contours of the landscape and maximizes its water-holding capacity. By implementing this ridge pond, we are taking an important step towards regenerating the local water cycle and building resilience in the face of climate change.

What are ridge ponds?

Ridge ponds are a water-harvesting technique used in permaculture and regenerative agriculture. They are shallow, elongated ponds that are built along the contour of a hill or ridge, designed to catch and store rainwater runoff.

The advantages of ridge ponds are numerous. By capturing and storing water, they increase soil moisture levels and help to prevent erosion. They also provide a source of irrigation for plants during dry periods, which can help to increase crop yields. Additionally, the water in the pond can be used for livestock, wildlife, and other uses.

Moreover, ridge ponds also promote biodiversity, as they create new habitats for aquatic plants and animals. They also help to regulate the microclimate of the surrounding area, moderating temperatures and providing a cooling effect in hot weather.

We are thrilled to see this innovative water management technique come to life in the Cancelas project and look forward to the positive impact it will have on the surrounding environment.