I recently purchased a property that was previously owned by a landscape company. In one corner that company had scraped about 2 feet of top soil off, making a shallow low spot that holds water most of the year. It is about 2.5 acres and 2 feet deep, with a spring fed stream about 15-20 feet away along one side. Being an avid duck hunter i thought that this will make a perfect small duck marsh/waterfowl food plot. right now it is just bare mud with some sparse weeds growing in it, it floods during the rainy season then slowly drains. I would like to drain it to plant some plants like Japanese Millet, and then in the fall re-flood it during. My question is what type of structure would you recommend for me to use, to flood and to drain? I do not want to use gas water pumps as it would take to long, and i would have to make sure they have gas in them. Yesterday i went out there and shot some grade. Being a hole dug there is no real dam and or any real slope. The stream water level is about 5in higher (it has been very wet so i think it is a bit higher than normal) than current pond water level (which is perfect depth). The stream does flow fairly fast. Will the flow of the stream allow for enough pressure for water to pass through a pipe into the pond even if it is full? Would it be better to allow it to draw down on its own and plant different plants and then let it fill on its own, and add water as needed come season? If that is a better option what plants should i plant? I am in SW Missouri, i cannot get rice very easily, but could if i had to, and i don't want to spend to much money.