If you have a stormwater pond on your property or are maintaining a pond at a specific site, it may not be as effective as you expect at times. In some cases, there may be repairs or maintenance that needs to be performed to make it function better each season. If you want to improve the functionality and operation of your stormwater pond, there are a few secrets to consider trying out to avoid issues.
1. Create a Healthy Safety Bench
Not only are safety benches effective in preventing people from falling into the water, but they can also improve the design of the stormwater pond. Most of these ponds have one or two benches present and can prevent algae from growing, specifically in wet areas.
2. Repair Cracked Concrete
Perform a thorough inspection and look for areas where cracks may be present in the concrete, which can lead to more severe issues over time. Immediately repair any areas where damage may be present. It's also necessary to clean out the grates and remove any waste or debris that may be blocking water. You can also look for any areas where erosion may be present where the pipe and structure connect to replace or repair the materials.
3. Add Emergency Spillways
Emergency spillways are extremely effective in protecting the embankment when there's too much rainfall in a short amount of time. It causes some of the discharge to move in another direction to prevent too much pressure on some of the critical structures and the overall system. Use stone or light vegetation on the spillway for added efficiency.
4. Add a Vegetative Buffer
One of the main issues that come with maintaining a stormwater pond is dealing with waste and debris that can enter the water. Consider adding a vegetative buffer on the pond or lake embankment to block and filter the trash. This will also be useful in preventing the soil from rain splash erosion.
Avoid using any large trees, which can lead to issues when the roots start to lead to erosion around the water. Adding smaller shrubs is more ideal and isn't too heavy or obtrusive in the ground.
5. Clear Sediment and Debris
Improve the effectiveness of a stormwater pond by clearing away sediment, debris, and leaves that can block water from flowing through the different channels when it rains. Inspect the ends of the pipes where blockages are more common, which can cause water to flood into a street. Unfortunately, this can affect buildings and can cause water to enter the structures, leading to damage. Inspect the swale and riprap channels to check for any trees to ensure there's sufficient flow of the water.
By making a few adjustments to your stormwater pond during the warmer months of the year, it can prepare you for the fall and winter seasons when there's more rainfall. You can decide which improvements need to be made and budget accordingly.
At Crosscreek Environmental, we believe in providing a comprehensive, environmentally friendly approach in creating solutions to maintain the beauty and health of Florida's ponds, lakes, wetlands, and shorelines. We use the B.E.S.T.™ geo-tube solution and are one of the best geo-tube solution providers in the state of Florida.