How’s your retention or detention pond looking these days? How’s it working? Is there a lot of debris or trash in your pond? Does the vegetation around your pond seem overgrown?
In Georgia, property management companies are required to maintain detention and retention ponds to ensure all stormwater on a commercial property is collected properly, as not to disturb the surrounding land. These ponds, which can vary in size and shape, help slow heavy water flows to prevent floods and improve the quality of urban runoff from roads, parking lots and other commercial and industrial areas by filtering the water.
As such, all retention and detention ponds are subject to annual or biannual city or county inspections. Inspectors want to see that ponds are running at full capacity and meet all necessary requirements.
To continue running smoothly, retention and detention ponds require periodic maintenance to comply with city and county codes. This is crucial for commercial properties to avoid hefty fines that result from inspectors uncovering pond problems. Here are a few reasons a commercial property’s pond might receive a citation:
- Too much debris
- Doesn’t run properly
- Doesn’t meet the city’s or county’s specific, predefined requirements.
The costs of getting ponds back to working order at this stage are usually much greater than staying ahead of any potential problems with regular, preventive maintenance.
Typically, now is the perfect time of year for pond cleanup and renovation because weather is warm and dry.
Here are some of the strategies in keeping ponds clean.
Down With Debris
Remove debris, trash, sediment and silt buildup from ponds to ensure they are clean. This is an important step in making sure ponds are doing their jobs.
Key Component Check
Inspect key components of retention and detention ponds to ensure they are operating efficiently. Stormwater drains that are delivering water to the ponds should also be inspected to ensure they are free of debris and working properly.
Mind What’s Around The Pond
Keep the soil and vegetation around your retention or detention pond well-maintained. Overgrowth should be trimmed to ensure consistent growth and that vegetation does its job of reducing pollutants in stormwater but doesn’t grow to the point of limiting the pond’s ability to do its job.
Bank stabilization also ensures the soil around the sides doesn’t erode and create pond failure.
We Can Help You Keep Your Pond In Compliance
Does your retention or detention pond meet city and county requirements? Does it need to be cleaned of debris and tested to ensure it would pass an inspection? Does the overgrowth around your pond need some timely maintenance?
Give HighGrove Partners’ commercial landscape maintenance professionals a call at 678-298-0550 or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation.
Also, if your retention or detention pond seems stale, HighGrove can also help you come up with a plan to renovate it and incorporate it into the surrounding landscape, improving its aesthetic appeal. Want more helpful commercial landscape tips? Be sure to subscribe to our blog.