What is a storm water pond?
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Urban areas contain roads, sidewalks, roofs and other hard surfaces that are impermeable to water. When rain falls or snow melts on these impervious surfaces, the water drains to storm sewers and eventually to lakes and rivers. Water that drains off impervious surfaces is called storm water runoff.
Storm water ponds are designed to be catch basins for developed areas. Storm water ponds collect rainwater (storm water runoff) that runs over impermeable surfaces such as parking lots, roads, and buildings. In undeveloped areas rainwater can be absorbed into the soil, taken up by trees and plants or flow into rivers, streams or wetlands naturally. The daily activities of people cause pollutants to collect on impermeable surfaces and get washed into waterways during rain events. These pollutants include dirt, oil, fertilizers, yard waste and litter. Pollutants can be harmful to habitats and wildlife downstream if they are allowed into the ecosystem. With storm water management ponds in place, rainwater can collect, sediment and pollutants can settle out before being released back into the watershed.
Storm water ponds are designed to be catch basins for developed areas. Storm water ponds collect rainwater (storm water runoff) that runs over impermeable surfaces such as parking lots, roads, and buildings.