Retention Pond Management


Retention Pond Management by American Servicers


Retention ponds play a vital role in water management throughout the community. Retention ponds help to manage runoff from stormwater and reduce erosion and flooding issues. American Servicers specializes in managing retention ponds so that they can perform the vital role of diverting large amounts of water from homes and commercial structures during heavy rains and flooding.


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Who Must Maintain Retention Ponds?

Retention ponds are "man-made" ponds or lakes that permanently hold water and have the capacity to hold even more. They are usually surrounded by local vegetation. The laws vary on who is responsible for maintaining retention ponds, depending on whether they are located on private or municipal land. Often, property management companies call American Servicers to assist them with retention pond maintenance to make sure stormwater is being properly collected. 


How to Keep Retention Ponds in Compliance

Municipalities will perform periodic inspections to make sure the ponds meet all city and county codes and are able to run at full capacity. Ineffective water flow and uncontrolled vegetation are two main factors that can cause a pond to fall out of compliance. Having these two main issues under control will save properties headaches and potential fines! American Servicers works to keep retention ponds in compliance with city ordinances. 

The best bet to keep a retention pond up to code is to add vegetation around the pond. Not only does it make the retention pond more attractive and create a natural habitat for many animals, it also serves as a buffer to protect against erosion and traps pollutants that may otherwise run into the water. Installing grass is ideal for sloped areas.

American Servicers installs plants and allows for openings to that access to the retention pond’s maintenance access is never blocked.

Ponds should also have an aquatic bench around the edge, which is a shallow shelf using wetland plants. The purpose of an aquatic bench is to assist with pollutant uptake while helping to stabilize the soil at the edge of the pond.

For more information on maintaining retention ponds, call the experts at American Servicers.

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