This summer WBTW and Carolina Clear are following the care of a stormwater pond in Carolina Forest. Stormwater ponds are a necessary part of many communities in the Carolinas. These are ponds that are engineered as part of a neighborhood drainage system. They have two primary functions.
- To prevent flooding by suppressing surges of stormwater runoff that wash from lawns, buildings, and paved surfaces.
- To protect water quality by holding water long enough for natural processes to remove sediment and some pollutants from the water before it is discharged to nearby rivers or beaches.
Stormwater ponds must be maintained to prevent them from becoming an eyesore. If left untouched, stormwater ponds can become clogged with weeds and algae, suffer from fishkills, shoreline erosion, poor water quality and other problems.
Terasa Lott, a Water Resources Agent with Clemson Extension surveyed the pond in Carolina Forest, and says “One of the most common problems with a pond that we were able to see here is shoreline erosion. So, that happen from sheet flow, when we get storms we get water that rushes across the landscape, can cut into the bank.”
Regular maintenance will keep the pond “looking nice” which can affect property values of not only those on the “waterfront” but the entire community. This is generally the pond owner’s responsibility, but may fall under the purview of a homeowner’s association. It is important for HOA and homeowners to understand the functions of a stormwater pond as well as best management practices.
Over the course of the next several months, we will be improving and maintaining this pond, and following its transition from just a stormwater pond, to a healthy, attractive part of the neighborhood.