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Who do I talk to about digging a pond?

Johnson County has no jurisdiction for ponds on private property except for erosion and sedimentation control. Call the NRCS for advice on ponds. Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRSC), Paola Service Center 913 294-3751.

No part of the pond or dam should be within 110 feet of the center of the road for section line roads or within 50 feet of the Right of Way Line for local roads.

Do not place fill or regrade the land in a FEMA flood plain. Check the flood insurance rate maps for your pond location. If in a flood plain a Flood Plain Development Permit is required. Contact the Johnson County Planning, Development and Codes Department at 913-715-2200.


If the area being disturbed by the pond construction is greater than 1 acre, you will need a land disturbance permit from Johnson County. Contact Keith Markway at 913-715-8308 or by email [email protected] or Sarah Smith 913-715-8330 or by email [email protected].  There is additional information concerning ponds at Johnson County K-State Research and Extension www.johnson.k-state.edu/natural-resources/pond-management/index.html