Northern & Central Midwest
Do It Yourself Water Garden
Do It Yourself Water Garden has extensive information about building your own pond. There are diagrams, supply lists, and even a seasonal care calendar to give you hints on exactly what you should be doing when during the year. There are also trouble-shooting lists, ideas for tub gardens, and detailed instructions on how to build a water feature.
Pond Building Guide
The Complete Guide to Building Backyard Ponds, Fountains, and Waterfalls for Homeowners: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply by Melissa Samaroo (Atlantic Publishing Group, 2011, $24.95) really is the complete guide to water features. The author covers absolutely everything you need to know about planning and building a water feature, including even a bit of history of water features in landscapes. You can take this with you to the pond supply company to make sure you purchase everything you need. The author also gives fairly comprehensive information about plants and animals suitable for inclusion in water features. She asks pertinent questions that make you think hard about exactly what you want and how you will use your water feature.