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What Can Man-Made Lakes Provide?

Man-made lakes around the world are utilized for gathering, using, and controlling water. 

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Local and Federal Regulations for Retention Ponds

Retention ponds are important projects that require planning and approval from multiple agencies on the federal and state levels. 

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Managing and Removing Silt and Debris in Retention Ponds

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. 

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Planted vs Concrete Ponds in Retention Ponds

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. 

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Lining a Retention Pond the Right Way

Storm water retention requires runoff is held for a specific period of time, to give sediment a chance to settle. 

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Designing Better Retention Ponds

Hydrology is the science of modeling water flow and volume to correctly size storm water features like retention ponds. 

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Potential Environmental Impacts of 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. 

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Retention vs Detention Ponds

It’s easy to confuse retention ponds for detention ponds or basins when you’re exploring storm water management options. 

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The Basics of Retention Ponds

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. 

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Protecting Fish from Predators and Self-Feeding

Fish fry are a primary food source for a wide range of amphibians, insects, animals, and even the fish themselves.

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