Stormwater ponds are areas that temporarily collect stormwater runoff and release it at a controlled rate. The ponds improve the quality of the runoff by allowing the suspended solids to settle. There are three basic pond types:
- Also known as a retention pond, these are typically dry
- There is a dry pond on the east side of the Community Knowledge Campus beside the running track. This type of pond allows the area to be utilized as a sports field during dry periods.
- Primarily used for quantity control
- Not normally effective in removing sediments or other contaminants
- Also known as a detention pond, always has water in it
- This allows the area to be enhanced aesthetically. There is a wet pond in Pinnacle Ridge that includes a fountain, paved walkways, benches, vegetation, etc..
- Its primary function is to remove sediments and trap floating scum and debris
- By utilizing existing wetlands into our storm system, we reduce our impact to the natural environment.
- There are wetlands in Crystal Lake
- Wetlands provide the most improvement to stormwater quality
- Their primary function is to remove pollutants by aquatic vegetation and microbiological processes
- They recharge the base flow of the groundwater
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