What is a storm water pond?
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Storm water ponds capture, control and filter runoff from roofs, roads and parking lots before it enters our local streams. In Fairfax County, the construction of storm water ponds became a requirement for new development in the 1980s.Storm water ponds slow the flow of water, filter pollutants and improve stream health.
Storm water ponds are bodies of water in commercial and residential developments that collect and store storm water runoff. These ponds improve water quality and control water quantity. Storm water ponds reduce pollution and prevent downstream flooding.
A retention pond looks like a regular pond, but plays an important role in controlling storm water runoff. The basins are important for storing and slowing storm water runoff from nearby areas, especially areas with asphalt or concrete development.