Detention and Retention Pond Maintenance Tips

Detention and Retention Pond Maintenance Tips

Detention and Retention Pond Maintenance Tips

OVERVIEW

Are you currently worried about the upkeep of your retention or detention pond? Are you unsure of where to begin or what to look out for regarding your maintenance care? 

Pond maintenance can make you feel like a fish out of water. However, with the right partnership and information in your hands, caring for your ponds can be effortlessly and affordably manageable.    

 Below you will find four critical tips to help you improve your pond care needs for your portfolio without breaking the bank, all while avoiding costly fines from the local municipalities.  

Know the Difference

So, why is it a good idea to have ponds on your properties?  

 One way to help manage your stormwater around your locations is by building a pond or a water basin.  

There are two different kinds of ponds. Knowing the difference is the first step towards proper maintenance care.   

 A retention pond is a pool of water that changes when reacting to rain or runoff water. These pools collect the rain or runoff water and then release it slowly (at a controlled rate) to prevent flooding or property erosion. 

 A detention pond is a dry pool but quickly fills during rainfall. These ponds temporarily hold the excess water and then slowly release it to another location. 

 Regardless of the type of pond you have on your property, it will need proper attention. 

Routine is Huge

If you fail to have a routine maintenance plan in place for your ponds, or if you ignore it, your ponds will fail.  

The number one cause of pond failure is trash or organic debris clogging your pond’s natural draining process. Clogged ponds are not only an unsightly eyesore, but you’ll have some annoyed property inspectors or landlords if they notice the neglect.  

 Why would this be a concern? As required, your pond must pass occasional inspections by either your municipality, state environmental, or water department to make sure it’s working as intended. 

Some of the checkpoints in your audit may incorporate the following: 

  • If vegetation or debris is obstructing the water flow  
  • If there’s any sign of erosion  
  • If surrounding concrete or brick is structurally safe and strong  

Typically, if your assessment does find some issues, you’ll be given a warning or a set time frame to repair your pond. One way to help streamline your repairs is to first connect with a stormwater partner who’s experienced and licensed in these services.  

 A national partner will have the resources to detect and provide immediate services to help avoid some of your pond maintenance concerns. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about the consistent upkeep since they’ll be able to provide a program that does it all for you.   

Take Care of Your Landscaping

Did you know that your landscaping provides additional support for your ponds?  

Grass and plants around either a retention or detention pool help filter out pollutants from the collected stormwater. However, landscape overgrowth can pose a problem as well.  

 One of the few allowances is Bermuda grass. Often, Bermuda grass is allowed to grow because of aesthetics, and it usually doesn’t cause any problems. Also, it’s less mowing. 

Properly maintaining your landscaping should be considered because if not handled with care, the banks of your pond can pool water in the same spot, which causes erosion, and erosion is a big deal since soil and sediment can wash into the pond affecting the water quality. 

Other landscaping issues can involve other invasive plants like weeds that can block your pond’s water flow and crowd out the beneficial greenery. 

Partnering up with a national landscape partner makes things easier because they have the right turnkey services and a network of professional crews that understand the correct pattern to mow around your pond to support your routine retention and detention pond maintenance care.  

Trust Your Partnership

Your retention and detention pond maintenance will be budget-friendly and seamless when you place your trust with your national partner.  

 Your partner will expertly tend to all the details that will keep your pond working beautifully while ensuring it passes all inspections. 

 To start planning your pond maintenance care, connect with a commercial landscaping expert today. They’ll assess your property, create a custom plan, and get you on your way to enjoying a worry-free portfolio. 

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Building Best Management Practices (BMPs) For Your Stormwater Programs

Building Best Management Practices (BMPs) For Your Stormwater Programs

Building Best Management Practices (BMPs) for your Stormwater Programs

Detention & Infiltration Inspections

Best Management Practices (BMPs) helps to reduce pollution in stormwater runoff, so your waterway areas become protected. However, the efficacy of stormwater control depends upon regular inspections and maintenance of all aspects of your facility.  

There are two types of BMPs, commonly referred to as routine maintenance and corrective maintenance.  

Corrective maintenance repairs a defective part identified during an inspection, while routine maintenance actions return the area to the original conditions for suitable function. 

Below are some maintenance items for your Detention and Infiltration Programs to help identify critical components that require maintenance and timelines of occurrence.  

Inlets & Outlets

When inspecting the inlets and outlets of your Detention and Infiltration systems, you must consider several things. 

First, evaluating the structural integrity of your Detention Pond includes looking at whether or not your pipes are broken, separated, or crumbling. At the same time, your inspection should assess the structural integrity of the system to naturally divert the stormwater runoff flow to areas where it can percolate. Both should take place annually.  

 Your Detention BMP has requirements to review the condition of your pipes annually as well. For example, if noticeable changes have occurred, the report needs to detail the size, type, material, and other relevant information. 

Furthermore, other annual inspections include checking your inlet riprap, any clogged stones near your outlet, or any signs of physical inlet/outlet erosion, and making sure your inspecting and cleaning your upstream catch basin.  

Lastly, monthly surveys typically focus on making sure trash, light debris, and any overflow of spillways are clear.    

Pretreatment

When initiating your annual pretreatment maintenance—whether it’s applicable for your sediment forebay, catch basins, bioswales, rain gardens, or swirl concentrators—be mindful about ways to reestablish or set devices to trap and remove sediment, and look for any signs of erosion to your side slopes, berms, and emergency overflow. 

Removing accumulated sediment and any other excess blockages helps prep the area for any required pretreating devices. Also (on an as-needed basis), check for surrounding native vegetation that has eroded and needs replacement.  

Overall Functionality

To ensure proper functionality of your pond, outlet, and infiltration devices annually, it’s good practice to involve a PE (Professional Engineer). An engineer has the know-how to detect and repair specific parts accurately and on time to mitigate problems or delays.  

For Infiltration Only

We note that your Infiltration checklist varies slightly from your Detention checklists in addition to the other previously mentioned guidelines. These points focus on your BMP Infiltration Surface, aggregate, and vegetation (if applicable).  

Ensuring your sediment and erosion are non-present and that aggregate is replaced properly helps proper stormwater function along with maintaining your vegetative cover, especially after a significant storm.   

 

Optional Enhancements

Optional annual enhancements that add to your BMP include establishing limits on intrusive components near your ponds and instituting no-mow zone areas. Maintaining a 15-20 ft. no-mow or chemical-free space helps keep your pond natural and systems healthy.   

Keeping your stormwater systems eco-friendly includes adding no fertilizer (unless testing requires it) and limiting landscaping services only when necessary. Also, making sure to avoid unauthorized plantings and other invasive species helps preserve your pond or systems aesthetics and mitigates residential complaints.  

 If, in the event, you must utilize a herbicide, contact a qualified commercial application specialist that selectively uses herbicide for invasive species. These experts can also aid in increasing your plant diversity by sowing vegetation that promotes the health of your pond and the infiltration basin area. 

We recommend performing your BMP inspections by a licensed PE or specialized commercial contractor to safeguard the design and function of your ponds or stormwater drainage system.  

Contact your partner or specialist to discuss your options and for other necessary next steps.   

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5 Stormwater Management Solutions

5 Stormwater Management Solutions

5 Stormwater Management Solutions

The best way you can control your stormwater runoff is by implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs).  

Whether you have them in place to meet permit requirements or for simply reducing the overall effects of stormwater runoff from your facility grounds, below you will find our five expert solutions to manage your stormwater runoff. 

Dry Ponds

Dry detention basins, also known as dry ponds, are stormwater solutions designed to contain water for a short amount of time while releasing it away slowly. In addition, the basins help purify the water.  

For example, during and immediately following storm events, the basin becomes filled with runoff water, and its short stay in the pond lets particles and pollutants settle to the bottom. Then, the outlet structure slowly releases the water into a sewer system when it reaches a certain level.  

During significant storm events, emergency spillways carry the water away from the basin. However, it’s best practice to monitor this action due to the risk of erosion. 

These basins are a great asset when managing stormwater, mainly due to their ability to be sustainable in any U.S. climate or region. However, one limitation you may notice is the amount of space needed to construct one.  

If your facility space turns out to be too small, the outlet system can become faulty due to constant clogging during storm-related weather events. 

The EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] recommends having a minimum of about 10 acres to construct one. Additionally, you shouldn’t install one alone in areas prone to highly contaminated runoff, otherwise known as “stormwater hot spots.”  

Nevertheless, dry detention basins are among the best flood control systems for stormwater.    

Artificial Lakes & Ponds

Retention basins are artificial lakes and ponds which treat stormwater runoff by mimicking natural watersheds. The excess water then undergoes a natural treatment process.  

For example, sedimentation allows the removal of particles, organic matter, and metals, while biological elements—plants, algae, and bacteria—work to remove pollutants. They hold a constant water level, unlike dry ponds, and only release the water to receive more after a storm.  

Although retention basins can be used in almost any application and easily retrofitted for existing detention basins, they require special care. They’re not suitable for every location, and you’ll probably have to pay a hefty upfront cost.  

In addition, it’s not wise to build these basins in permeable soil since the water would pass through, decreasing the water level. Also, these basins require periodic inspection due to the surrounding vegetation and for routine maintenance.

Before even building the basin, you also have to consider the potential disturbance it may cause to surrounding wetland areas and how it may contaminate groundwater because any design flaw can decrease your water quality.     

However, these artificial ponds function as another solution to manage your stormwater and add an aesthetic appeal to your properties. They’re also sustainable (on average more than 20 years) with proper maintenance. 

Chamber Filtration System

Sand filters are not only effective stormwater management systems, but they can also effectively remove pollutants from stormwater runoff. They are typically two or three chamber systems. 

The first chamber holds the sediment and helps reduce large and heavy residues that float in the water. Additionally, as the water filters through the sand bed in the second chamber, more pollutants are left behind.  

The treated water then passes through the discharge chamber, releasing it into a storm drainage system or directly towards surface water. 

You’ll see sand filters in developed urban settings that have water-resistant surfaces, like paved parking lots, garages, and driveways. These systems also act as an additional infiltration option in drier climate regions. 

However, they do have less capability to remove nutrients and metal from runoff and typically handle only small areas. In addition, you need regular maintenance to prevent clogging, and you may have to replace the filter matter often.  

Another drawback is that sand filters don’t protect against erosion. Still, sand filters do a great job reducing most runoff pollution and help protect groundwater quality. In addition, they take up far less space compared to artificial ponds and detention basins. 

Vegetated Channels

Vegetated or grassed swales are shallow, open channels specifically engineered to slow stormwater runoff while also removing pollutants. You can build swales in any area that supports dense vegetation, and they function exceptionally well in residential and industrial sites that maintain a small population with lower than average water flow. 

Unfortunately, these swales are not as effective in flat or steep marked areas and cannot withstand high water flow. In addition, since there’s no barrier below the swale, pollutants have a greater potential to reach and contaminate groundwater. 

However, these systems can be used alone or with other BMPs and encourage infiltration while reducing overall water flow. 

Temporary Solutions

Anything that is stored outside or exposed to rain and runoff should be covered if it has the potential to contaminate stormwater. Coverings can include anything temporary, like plastic, tarp, or something more permanent such as a roof or shed. 

Coverings are very common since most facilities house either raw materials, byproducts, or other goods that could pollute stormwater runoff. 

Some disadvantages include frequent inspections, and at times, they’re not as effective. However, coverings are extremely easy to apply in many situations and are a cost-effective solution. 

These five general stormwater BMPs are only a few ways to keep your runoff under control. Though, we do note that every project and situation requires different methods.  

If you have any questions regarding what stormwater BMPs may be best for your current project, connect with your stormwater management partner today. 

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Detention Pond Maintenance Best Practices

Detention Pond Maintenance Best Practices

Detention Pond Maintenance Best Practices

Should you maintain your detention ponds regularly? In short, yes.  

Ponds need to be supported with some regularity if you intend to keep the pond operating as expected and if you want to mitigate costly issues down the road. 

Detention and retention pond maintenance repair has become a big topic of conversation because they are among the most targeted compliance issues outside of ADA with local municipalities. They also help slow down runoff, contain sediment, collect trash, and remove pollutants, all leading to reduced issues from local officials.

In addition, they offer an opportunity to add and retain a little bit of nature as your property develops. Below are some insider maintenance best practices to protect and repair your pond assets. 

Don't Neglect Your Ponds

Ponds are highly effective at moving storm runoff at the speed and direction desired by the property owner and their surrounding neighbors. In addition, these specialized ponds present a natural feel to the property and provide a great place to enjoy your property’s aesthetics. 

Unfortunately, if you fail to plan adequately, design, and engineer your detention pond, you might end up with unwanted repairs as the property ages. Initially, when planning out the details of your pond, you must first choose the correct location.  

Typically, people tend to build ponds in the back of a property or some other “out-of-sight” location. Most people want it to perform its duty, but some assume it to be an unattractive feature. Thus, most like it out of sight.  

However, it most often gets neglected when it’s out-of-site because out of sight often leads to out of mind. 

It All Adds Up to Your Overall Costs

When you deny your pond the most basic maintenance requirements, like trash and litter removal, simple landscaping, sediment removal, and slope stabilization, it often falls short of its primary job— managing your stormwater.  

Bringing a neglected pond to standard can become a considerable expense, as well as an environmental challenge. Breakdowns within the pond and damages to downstream properties can run you hundreds of thousands of dollars.  

Additionally, you might face some fines from local government entities. So, it’s best that you build your pond where it can not only serve its purpose but also install it where it’s easily remembered and seen.   

Benefits of a Routine

On the other hand, you can avoid unnecessary costs and municipality scrutiny by simply implementing regular inspections or maintenance checks. 

Doing regular inspections performed by a stormwater management professional can make all the difference. The inspector will catch and assess failures and repairs early in your pond’s development and can help lower expensive maintenance over time, versus you waiting until someone downstream has property damage due to your failed pond. 

Basic Checklist

What does a professional look for when performing an inspection? 

  • Clogging or obstructions  
  • Trash, debris, or excessive sediment 
  • Erosion on the slopes or headwall 
  • Excessive vegetation  
  • Invasive species 
  • Clear and open channels 
  • Condition of infiltration devices (pumps or flood gates) 
  • Condition of inlet and outlet pipes 
  • State of the surrounding landscape 

 

Maintaining your detention pond is not complicated. It just needs to be done right and right on time. 

The benefit of maintenance is a low-cost and often desirable stormwater management feature that will work for you and your properties for years to come. 

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Best Management Practices (BMPs)- Inlets, Outlets & More

Best Management Practices (BMPs)- Inlets, Outlets & More

Best Management Practices (BMPs)- Inlets, Outlets & More

Bioretention, Bioswales & Vegetated Filter Strip Inspections

The usage of stormwater treatment plans, often referred to as Best Management Practices (BMPs), has increased significantly due to additional stormwater laws.  

These regulations require a developed systematic approach for BMP inspection and maintenance documentation since BMPs require ongoing assessment and maintenance to guarantee desired treatment goals.  

There are various resource guides and supplemental manuals regarding local government inspections and maintenance activities associated with multiple BMP categories. This reference guide focuses on Bioretention, Bioswales, and Vegetated Filter Inspections and describes the BMPs and a list of some applications for further exploration.  

Inlets & Outlets

As you assess your inlets and outlets for your Bioretention, Bioswales, and Vegetated Filter Strip Inspections, note the structural integrity and the amount of debris. You want to make sure you’re clearing all debris and that your structure is intact and stable on an annual and monthly basis. 

 Likewise, annually, you want to check for signs of erosion to your Bioretention inlets (rock or mat) and outlets and inspect and clean your BMP upstream basin every five years.

Pretreatment

For annual pretreatment services, make sure to evaluate sediment trapping devices and remove any accumulated deposits.  

 In particular, for Bioswales and Vegetated Filter Strip Inspections, assess evidence of erosion and water flow going around structures annually. You want to maintain a clear flow to prolong your system’s sustainability.   

Overall Functionality

Maintaining the overall functionality of your Bioretention and Bioswales should be monitored annually via a professional civil engineer. Sometimes, minor specific details regarding your regulations and requirements can make or break your entire inspection. 

 Thus, it’s crucial to hire and utilize a PE or a commercial stormwater management company with the network to reach out to such individuals readily accessible.  

Bioretention & BMP Surface Areas

To properly inspect your Bioretention or BMP surface area, remove debris accumulation monthly and remove sediment deposits annually. This approach will help detect evidence of erosion and help improve vegetative cover. 

 Additionally, you can add mulch covers to your specified level of thickness annually regarding your Bioretention surface area as well. Again, your engineer or stormwater management company can help determine this need.

Optional Enhancements

Other annual considerations you should undertake during your Bioretention, Bioswales, and Vegetated Filter inspection process should involve keeping an eye out for any invasive species that may disturb your system.   

 Connecting with a qualified professional can help detect unwanted invasive bugs and plants and can help apply a selective herbicide to treat your area. They can also increase the diversity of your vegetation, improving aesthetics and mitigating potential residential complaints.   

We recommend performing your BMP inspections by a licensed PE or specialized commercial contractor to safeguard the design and function of your ponds or stormwater drainage system.  

Contact your partner or specialist to discuss your options and for other necessary next steps.   

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Service Validation for Today’s National Snow Program

Service Validation for Today’s National Snow Program

Service Validation for Today's National Snow Program

With nearly 30 years of delivering snow removal to national multi-site portfolios, one change that our industry experts have seen progress over time is
service validation and the methods used to assist in the validation process.

 

Years ago, before the convenience of technology apps, you would write service orders on paperwork order tickets. Most clients have moved to multiple validation tools in today’s space, including certified weather totals from independent agencies and geo-fenced mobile applications.

Some contractors may use one or the other, but here we explain how using multidisciplinary methods provide a more holistic approach towards validating your snow services.

Service Validation Snapshot

 

When we discuss or include service validation during any negotiation process within our services, we’re primarily discussing ways to deliver measurable benefits to your project or job.

Ways to go about this involves, first, connecting with a national snow removal company to help identify your snow removal needs while simultaneously explaining and breaking down specific data and metrics to help support your preferred outcomes.

As mentioned, technology plays a significant role in helping to streamline the above. Tools that provide weather totals or use geofenced technology are the most popular and most accurate.

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Which Tool is Better?

In actuality, to provide the correct type of service in the most efficient way, your show partner should utilize all necessary resources and technologies currently available to offer successful snow services. When using weather totals, the reports allow contractors to mitigate contract disputes while helping to simplify your billing process. The way these reports help is through the following:

• Report resolution snow and ice totals by ZIP code
• Provide comprehensive storm histories
• Give site-specific start and end times
• Accurate accumulation data
• Complete monthly/seasonal totals
• Email notifications
• Offer advanced search options and additional
reporting
• Multi-export options for printing, PDFs, and Microsoft
Excel
• Sometimes deliver custom API integration

 

Finally, models based on time and materials are ideal for significantly larger properties that average a million square feet or more. These types of Technology can allow Operation Teams to provide real time updates back to the clients, which is one of the primary purposes of validating services. You want to leave your clients with a lasting positive impression and overall experience with their snow removal needs.

Implementing these tools with the right partnership and leadership can increase quality and help detect critical situations early in the service process.

If you need help determining the type of service your portfolio needs for this coming winter, connect with your national contractor to avoid being left out in the cold.

Modernizing Service Output

Finally, models based on time and materials are ideal for significantly larger properties that average a million square feet or more. These types of Technology can allow Operation Teams to provide real time updates back to the clients, which is one of the primary purposes of validating services. You want to leave your clients with a lasting positive impression and overall experience with their snow removal needs.

Implementing these tools with the right partnership and leadership can increase quality and help detect critical situations early in the service process.

If you need help determining the type of service your portfolio needs for this coming winter, connect with your national contractor to avoid being left out in the cold.

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