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Stormwater Pond Importance and Maintenance Recommendations

Proper stormwater pond management is crucial for Homeowner Associations and Community Development Districts in Florida. Simply put, these systems act as a tool for managing the runoff from rainfall and is designed to help prevent flooding and remove pollutants. When rain falls on lawns, forests and fields, the water that is not absorbed by plants will filter through the soil before reaching and replenishing Florida’s groundwater supply.

When stormwater falls onto pavement and buildings, the runoff collects trash, chemicals, and pollutants before reaching the stormwater pond which flows into the nearest natural water system. Not effectively managing your community’s stormwater system(s) can lead to polluted groundwater, which is 90% of the state’s drinking water supply.

You can prevent the damaging effects of stormwater runoff by following these recommendations:

  • Never dump anything down storm drains, and do not blow leaf litter and grass clippings into the road or stormwater systems.

  • Clean up trash and yard waste in your yard, gutters, and around storm drains.

  • Position rain gutters and downspouts away from paved surfaces.

  • Use mulch, bricks, gravel or other porous materials for walkways, patios and driveways.

  • Control soil erosion by planting over bare spots in the landscape.

  • Pesticides and Fertilizers need to be used and disposed of properly. Fertilizers should never be broadcast over streets or sidewalks. Fertilizers and pesticides should only be applied at the label rate.

  • Sweep debris off driveways and sidewalks instead of using a hose. Clean up oil spills and leaks on driveways.

  • Keep drainage systems such as ditches, swales and ponds clear of debris and trash, including grass clippings and branches. Report clogged or damaged systems or eroded slopes to your city or county.

  • Do not fill stormwater ponds, swales and retention systems. Any reduction in treatment volume will interfere with the pond’s ability to hold stormwater runoff.

  • Plant trees around the perimeter of a pond on your property. Trees filter the water and lower the water table.

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