I get a ton of questions on Swales many about things like will it create a marsh? Well, no, that doesn’t happen because swales spread water rather than concentrate it.
People ask about sealing swales to make ponds? Well, that would be a pond and a swale is too shallow for that. The questions keep coming and most seem to be trying to make a swale into something it isn’t, like say, can you raise fish in a swale? Well, no, because most of the time a swale is dry and doesn’t have water it, so they would all die.
This video is my attempt to give the viewer a greater understanding of what a swale is, how it actually functions and why we use them.
Also to explain that they are not right for every situation. They are but one design element and should be used only when they fit the land form and over all design strategy.
Note – I keep getting a ton of questions about the video quality going up. These are shot in 1080 at 60 frames per second on an iPhone 7. I discovered I can shoot that high and upload that high if I download the videos to my computer before uploading them to Youtube. It takes longer but the quality seems worth it. The iPhone 7 will actually shoot 4K video but the file sizes are just stupid and I don’t think Youtube will show anything higher than 1080 anway.
Additionally here is another video that is just a short walk on part of our property from yesterday, 3-9-17.