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Why is stormwater retention pond construction so important?

pond floridaStormwater runoff is made up of excess rain water which flows into larger bodies of water and storm sewer systems thanks to the abundance of hard surfaces, like concrete. Without concrete, large quantities of water would be absorbed into the ground instead of entering streams and lakes. Stormwater retention ponds collect pollutants, chemicals, and debris from paved surfaces to prevent it from entering into water bodies. Without stormwater retention ponds, this water causes erosion, decreased groundwater recharge and alteration of important aquatic environments.

Retention ponds or "wet ponds" are ponds constructed to treat and store stormwater runoff. Retention ponds are permanent pools of standing water that eventually empty into a receiving water body. Forebays are included in the design of retention ponds to "pretreat" the stormwater before it spills over into a major water feature.  Water is treated through sedimentation and nutrient uptake.

Benefits of stormwater retention ponds include:

  • Improved water quality in surrounding water bodies. Retention ponds manage stormwater quantity and quality, lessening the transfer of pollutants and chemicals into nearby water bodies.
  • Aesthetic appeal. A retention pond may enhance aesthetics via plant selection, plant placement, topography and pedestrian access options.
  • Increased biodiversity. Biodiversity is defined as the variation of life forms in a given ecosystem. Landscaping with ponds and different varieties of plants can add to the  natural environment.
  • Wildlife habitat. Retention ponds provide habitats for animals, organisms, and insects.
  • Water conservation. Water that is stored in retention ponds is available for non-potable human uses such as irrigation.
  • Flood prevention. Stormwater quantity reductions minimize the risk of flooding in nearby areas.
  • Minimization of erosion. Stormwater quantity reductions minimize erosion in the nearby area and along the banks of water bodies.

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Dredging Keeps your Stormwater Retention Ponds Clear

dredging stormwater retention pondNo matter how or for what purpose a pond was constructed, all ponds are in a dying process from day one. Muck is formed at the bottom of the pond in the form of organic matter like algae, leaves, weeds, mold or mildew settling and building up a residue.

Due to the nutrients and toxic gases that encourage overgrowth of weeds and algae, muck deteriorates the natural ecosystem natural to the pond and dredging is a highly efficient and economical way of eliminating the pond scum from the pond and returning it to fresh, new life.

Dredging a stormwater retention pond, in particular, slows the rate of the runoff from storm water, protecting surround neighborhoods from flooding and improving the overall quality of the water exiting from the pond, or being used in irrigation systems. Dredging prevents the retention pond from acting as a sediment collector and seeping into storm water that ultimately clogs streams and rivers, lowering the quality of life and environment for fish, birds and other wildlife.

At C&M Environmental, our eco-friendly dredging system utilizes compact, easily deployable dredging and harvesting equipment to remove accumulated sediment, sand, vegetation and debris from your storm water retention and storage area. We return your storm water system to its initial design capacity and help prepare you for Florida's storm season.

Our dewatering tubes are placed around the perimeter of your pond system to quietly, and efficiently dewater the sediment removed with the hydraulic dredging system. Rapid mobilization and non-invasive equipment are the key components to a fast, efficient and effective storm water pond or lake restoration project.

Only cleaned water is returned to the waterway, and there is minimal need for site restoration. Our methods do not harm pond or lagoon liners, and your pond is restored to its most efficient, functional state.

Why is stormwater retention pond construction so important?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Stormwater runoff is made up of excess rain water which flows into larger bodies of water and storm sewer systems thanks to the abundance of hard surfaces, like concrete. Without concrete, large quantities of water would be absorbed into the ground instead of entering streams and lakes. Stormwater retention ponds collect pollutants, chemicals, and debris from paved surfaces to prevent it from entering into water bodies. Without stormwater retention ponds, this water causes erosion, decreased groundwater recharge and alteration of important aquatic environments.

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Dredging Keeps your Stormwater Retention Ponds Clear

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

No matter how or for what purpose a pond was constructed, all ponds are in a dying process from day one. Muck is formed at the bottom of the pond in the form of organic matter like algae, leaves, weeds, mold or mildew settling and building up a residue.

Read more...

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