AS SEEN IN Land and Water Magazine, March/April 2016: Written by Industry Expert, J. Wesley Allen, Environmental Scientist & Territory Leader
Experienced water quality management professionals spend years meeting with hundreds of individuals, homeowner’s associations, commercial facilities and property managers. The largest challenge to overcome is educating the waterbody owner or manager. Stormwater management rules and regulations are a fairly new phenomenon, developed from the Clean Water Act. While certain regulations continue to evolve in stormwater management, educating any potential or current client on a stormwater facility’s function and specific design elements or parts is important. An educated client will be equipped to understand and implement a sustainable maintenance and management program or a repair/remediation program for their community, property or commercial site.
Today, more and more stormwater management is implemented with a variety of best management practices (BMPs), such as infiltration basins, bio-infiltration areas, bio-swales and rain gardens. However, there are still large numbers of stormwater management “wet” ponds/retention basins and “dry” ponds/detention basins. These ponds are designed to hold water, capture sediment and pollutants and then release the water slowly to mimic run-off from the site prior to any development. Most of these “ponds” or basins have similar basic parts. Explaining these parts or design elements, why they are there, how they function and how they should be maintained, is an important step to developing a mutual understanding with a client before moving forward with a maintenance or repair program.