Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Free workshop on stormwater pond maintenance set for Oct. 22
GEORGETOWN (Sept. 30, 2013) – Sussex County property owners who want to learn more about how to maintain stormwater ponds are invited to attend a free workshop being offered on Tuesday evening, Oct. 22, by the Sussex Conservation District, the Center for the Inland Bays & the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The workshop will begin with registration at 5:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. at DNREC’s Lewes office at 901 Pilottown Road.
Stormwater ponds act as temporary holding basins to prevent flooding, remove pollutants, and settle suspended sediments transported by stormwater. These ponds can add to the aesthetics of a community, and homeowners often pay a premium to be close to these man-made waterfront sites.
The property owner – in many cases, a homeowners’ association or maintenance corporation, which also handles open space management – is responsible for maintaining these ponds. Some associations seek professional support, while others, particularly those with dry ponds, choose to manage them on their own. Some property owners may not be aware that the ponds require ongoing and sometimes extensive periodic maintenance.
This workshop will provide general information on why stormwater pond management is needed and how to ensure its proper function for years to come. Many homeowners do not reach out for technical assistance until there is a problem.
“It is not our intent to turn property owners into pond-maintenance experts,” said Jessica Watson, program manager with the Sussex Conservation District. “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.”
“Stormwater ponds are important for water quality and by being informed, a community will hopefully save money when they are responsive to early signs of erosion, invasive species, or blockages that could cause flooding,” said Eric Buehl, Habitat Coordinator with the Center for the Inland Bays.
The workshop also will focus on management and enhancement of open space, including a presentation by DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship on the installation and benefits of rain gardens and how they can be incorporated into the landscape to minimize flooding.
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.
Vol. 43, No. 381