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A Guide to Excavated and Embankment Ponds

COURSE NO: C08-022
A Guide to Excavated and Embankment Ponds
Course Highlights

This engineering online PDH course introduces the two main types of ponds, embankment and excavated. Planning, design, construction, maintenance and safety considerations for the various planned uses of ponds are also introduced.


For centuries landowners have been building ponds for livestock water, aquaculture, irrigation and recreation.  More than 2 million ponds have been built in the United States on privately owned land. More will be needed in the future.


The demand for water has increased in recent years, and ponds are one of the most reliable and economical sources of water. Ponds serve a variety of purposes, including water for livestock, irrigation, fish production, field and orchard spraying, fire protection, energy conservation, wildlife habitat, recreation, erosion control, and landscape improvement.


This 8 PDH online course is intended for civil, geotechnical, mechanical, agricultural and structural engineers, as well as other personnel, who are interested in learning more about excavated and embankment ponds.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the difference between embankment and excavated ponds
  • Understanding how ponds are used for landscaping, recreation, irrigation, fish production, field & orchard spraying, fire protection, landscape features, waterfowl and other wildlife
  • Knowing how to conduct preliminary investigations for pond planning
  • Learning how to estimate storm runoff and design minimum depth of the pond
  • Familiarizing with pond safety considerations before construction
  • Learning how to operate and maintain ponds and ponds safety
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you will need to review the course document in slide format titled, “A Guide to Excavated and Embankment Ponds" by Don Parnell, PE and Allen Hughes, PE.
To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
A Guide to Excavated and Embankment Ponds (4.8 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of forty (40) questions to earn 8 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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