Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Free workshop on stormwater pond maintenance set for Nov. 12
GEORGETOWN (Oct. 7, 2014) - Sussex County property owners who want to learn more about how to maintain stormwater ponds are invited by the Sussex Conservation District to attend a free workshop on Wednesday evening, Nov. 12. The workshop will begin with registration at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at the Millsboro Fire Hall, 109 East State Street, Millsboro, DE 19966.
Stormwater ponds act as temporary holding basins to prevent flooding, remove pollutants and settle suspended sediments transported by stormwater. These ponds also can add to the aesthetics of a community, and homeowners often pay a premium to be close to these man-made waterfront sites.
The task of maintaining stormwater ponds falls on the property owner. In many cases, the owner is a homeowners’ association or maintenance corporation, whose responsibilities also include open space management. Some associations seek professional support, while others choose to manage their ponds on their own. Still other property owners may not even be aware that the ponds require ongoing and sometimes extensive periodic maintenance. Many homeowners do not reach out for technical assistance until there is a problem.
The pond workshop will provide general information on why stormwater management is needed and how to ensure its proper function for years to come. “It is not our intent to turn property owners into pond-maintenance experts. However, we do want to provide them with the general knowledge of why the ponds are there, and how to monitor for proper function. We encourage communities to become informed so that they can identify problems early before they become costly to repair,” said Jessica Watson, program manager with the Sussex Conservation District.
The workshop will also focus on management and enhancement of open space, including installation of rain gardens. Seating is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. To register for this free workshop or for more information, please contact the Sussex Conservation District at 302-856-7219, or register online at www.sussexconservation.org. Vol. 44, No. 347