While you don't have to understand everything about stormwater systems, it is helpful to have some knowledge.
What is the difference between a retention pond and a detention pond?
A retention pond permanently holds water. However, a detention pond is designed to discharge rain water over a short period of time.
As the property owner, am i allowed to make changes to my stormwater pond?
Generally, you cannot. Our local municipalities have engineers who routinely check up on ponds to make sure that they are functioning the way they were designed to. This means that the designated stone area (riprap), buffer zones, and structures must remain as the engineer drawing indicates in the NPDES permit. You are, however, permitted, and even expected, to make repairs to these systems as needed.
Can my landscaper take care of my stormwater pond?
Perhaps. Most landscapers are concerned with the appearance only above ground at your site. A manicured retention pond that floods out your neighborhood every time it rains can be a costly route. While some landscapers are knowledgeable about watersheds and stormwater systems, it is generally best to contact a stormwater specialist who better knows your local regulations and watershed functionality. However, if you use your landscaper, it is best to ask to see their CEPSCI License before they begin working on your stormwater area. You may regret not having asked during an audit.
Are my kids and pets safe around STORMWATER POND?
It is best to keep children and pets out of designated stormwater areas. Simply put, stormwater systems are designed to catch pollutants. Most ponds around parking lots and in subdivisions are best to be fenced for restricted access. You are best to have a stormwater specialist routinely monitor all detention ponds to insure areas are free of contamination and the perimeter fence is well maintained.