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Retention ponds are important projects that require planning and approval from multiple agencies on the federal and state levels.
Retention ponds need cleaning and plant trimming every few months, but they also need a full dredging for silt removal at least once every year.
Water and flood-tolerant plants are one of the best tools for building a retention pond that effectively processes storm water and enriches the local environment.
Storm water retention requires runoff is held for a specific period of time, to give sediment a chance to settle.
Hydrology is the science of modeling water flow and volume to correctly size storm water features like retention ponds.
Any pond you add to a natural or developed landscape should enrich the ecosystem by treating runoff and offering a habitat for wildlife.
It’s easy to confuse retention ponds for detention ponds or basins when you’re exploring storm water management options.
Retention ponds are often as simple as holes dug in low lying dirt areas but can also reach high levels of complexity with multiple compartments, advanced filtration systems, and extensive overtopping protection for floods.
Fish fry are a primary food source for a wide range of amphibians, insects, animals, and even the fish themselves.
Fertilizer is generally thought of as something limited to use on land. However, nursery ponds for raising fry and fingerlings are fertilized prior to the addition of new fish.