I'm about ready to start digging my new pond, stream, and waterfall in the backyard. However, no matter which location I choose (I've designed it at three different locations), my stream will be crossing the drainage plan of our yard. I will try and explain: The two halves of our yard slope towards the middle (the back half has much more slope than the house side, which is almost level), creating a drainage "channel" from one length of the yard to the next, which then empties to the rough "French drain" that takes the water in between the houses down towards the street. This channel that is created is going to be a pain to work around. The site I've chosen for the pond will be fine, not even coming close to the channel. However, when I add on my stream and waterfall, the stream will intersect with the channel. I have been trying to find some way to work around this so that I don't get drainage into my pond (fish pond, but not a koi pond). I'm clueless, though. Best idea I could come up with would be to pipe the drainage channel under my stream (my stream will only be about 1' deep and a few feet wide). However, I would likely have to come up with a way to pump the water or pipe it about 30' at a slight grade to the side of the house where it can empty into the "French drain". Another alternative would be to alter the bisecting channel to have it flow to the opposite side of the yard. This would require either regrading my yard (not likely) or creating a true French drain about 50' long. So, how can I go about working around my drainage problem? Do I even need to worry about it? I will work on finding my camera to snap a few reference shots.