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Maintenance for Decorative Retention Ponds

Building the world’s best retention pond may result in awards and accolades from the community. 

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Permanently Filled vs Temporary Drainage Basin

Retention and detention ponds are commonly confused, and the similarities in their names don’t help. 

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Attracting Wildlife Without Damage to the Retention Pond

There are quite a few reasons to target certain wildlife when designing a retention pond. 

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Planting Retention Ponds for a Natural Look

Retention ponds thrive when planted and tend to experience issues when kept bare. 

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Lining Retention Ponds: Why and How

The earliest retention ponds were all unlined because there was little understanding of why these ponds need lining so much. 

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Options for Making Retention Ponds More Decorative

With many states requiring little to no features that would be purely decorative for retention ponds, it’s no wonder so many are just blank constructions of concrete and polymer liner.

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Why are Most Retention Ponds Often So Unpopular?

Retention ponds are actually a positive feature of any neighborhood or urban area, but they’re not always popular. 

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The Importance of Water Retention Ponds

Retention ponds were once only used in agriculture and industrial site development, but now they’re commonly found in neighborhoods, and even backyards, in areas with heavy rainfall.

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Other Water Features That Can Protect and Build Aquatic Habitats

New water features aren’t always designed as aquatic habitats, but they can still play an important role in protecting other existing ecosystems. 

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What Pond Liners Are Safe for All Aquatic Habitats?

No one aquatic habitat is quite identical to another, whether you’re comparing them in the wild or in a zoo environment. 

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The Challenges of Lining Aquatic Habitats

The easiest ponds and basins to line feature low sloping banks, flat bottoms, and relatively shallow designs. 

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Natural Aquatic Habitat Restoration

Restoring existing aquatic habitats and bodies of water is preferred over trying to build new ones from scratch. 

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Aquatic Habitats in Nature: Establishing New Ones

The majority of aquatic habitat projects undertaken in the real world are restorations designed to help improve and stabilize existing aquatic habitats. 

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Aquatic Habitat Design for Enclosures

Zoo and aquarium aquatic habitats are some of the most challenging to design.

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Oilfield Remediation Pits and Pads

Onsite remediation, for drilling wastewater and mud, is one of the most challenging aspects of oilfield design. 

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Keep Flare Stack Pits Clean with Lining

Flaring is one of the most controversial ,yet important, parts of operating an active oil or gas pumping operation. 

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Temporary vs Permanent Reserve Pits in Oilfields

Most reserve pits, built on the oilfield, are divided not by their specific use for processing but rather they length of time they’ll hold the same wastewater. 

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Fire Protection and Retention Ponds for Oilfields

Most of the pits and ponds installed around an oilfield will be filled with liquids and sludges that are lightly to heavily flammable.

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Lining Drilling Pads on the Oilfield

Drilling pads are the heart of the oilfield operation and they deserve plenty of attention to ensure they’re meeting all local and state regulations on environmental protection. 

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Lining Options for Oilfield Pits

With so many lining materials commonly sold for pond use today, it’s easy to assume that the majority of them might work well for pits on the oilfield. 

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Risks of Improper Lining of Oilfield Pits

Oilfield pits of all types and sizes require proper lining to retain their wastewater loads. 

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Pit Liner Challenges Common to the Oilfield

Pits and ponds are used for storing various types of waste in almost every major industry. 

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Types of Oilfield Pits

The oilfield is technically just the deposit of oil itself and the land or water above it. 

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Options for Dealing with the Water Stored in Frac Pits

Frac pits may be designed with care and covered with liners warrantied to last decades, but they’re usually only used from six months to a few years at most. 

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What Makes Frac Pits More Challenging Than Other Fracking Ponds?

Hydraulic fracturing sites often have half a dozen or more unique types of ponds and pits in order to manage the various risks around the property.

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