Farm Pond help
The pond my question is about is about 2.5 acres large and is a farm pond. I've posted on the pond forum, but most of those posts are about backyard decorative ponds with Carp and Koi in them. This one's a tad different.
It was man made about 40 years ago and it has major silt, algea and other issues. Raising the dam is one way to make it deeper, but unfortunately that is not possible. What I need to do is have it drained and dug out. Then basically start from scratch. Ideally, I'd like to see this as a great fishing hole and have it look appealing as well. Right now it is a haven for turtles, algea, geese and an all around eye-sore.
My question is if anyone has ever taken on a task like this? How much am I looking at and do you think I have any hope at all for governmental help/aid?? I know there are lots of larger lakes and ponds that need help before my 2.5 acre pond, but it's worth looking into I suppose. The reason I think I can get some type of aid is because it is home to a lot of wild life and most of the water comes from road run off and what not.
Any ideas, help or info would certainly be appreciated.