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Retention ponds are artificial basins with vegetation around the perimeter that includes a permanent pool of water. They are used to manage stormwater runoff to prevent flooding and improve water quality in adjacent waters by removing pollutants through sedimentation.

Retention ponds are frequently used for water quality improvement, groundwater rejuvenation, flood protection, and aesthetic improvement. Sometimes they act as a replacement for the natural absorption of a forest or other natural process that was lost when an area is developed. As such, these structures are designed to blend into neighborhoods and viewed as an amenity. These ponds are often landscaped with a variety of grasses, shrubs and wetland plants to provide bank stability and aesthetic benefits. Vegetation also provides water quality benefits by removing soluble nutrients.

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Retention pond maintenance plays a major role in Central Florida in providing for proper flood control as well as the efficient treatment of stormwater runoff. In fact, the engineering of basins to collect runoff from higher elevations is an essential step in the development of new buildings, subdivisions, roads and parking lots statewide. When properly maintained, these ponds function as a permanent “wet pond” to settle suspended sediment and other pollutants from surrounding areas.

Contact us at 407-892-3885 for a thorough analysis and personalized retention pond maintenance plan.

Unfortunately, many area retention ponds are built, fenced and ignored. For these environmentally-responsible basins to function properly and safeguard against flooding, the area must be kept clean of trash, natural debris, and overgrowth. Any buildup of vegetation, silt, trash or underbrush can compromise the integrity and reduce the capacity of your pond. Maintaining retention areas helps keep deposited sediments at the bottom and safeguards against flooding to adjacent properties.

Whether your needs include a one-time project to enhance your property and protect your investment or monthly retention pond maintenance services, we can improve the function and appearance to protect adjoining wilderness, residential or commercial properties with services that include:

Management of Bank and Runoff Erosion
Assessment of Pond’s Structural Integrity and Function
Vegetation Management and Removal of Nuisance Aquatics
Overgrowth, Trash and Debris Abatement
Sediment Assessment and Control Plan

Whether your retention pond is part of a subdivision, an established neighborhood, a private residence or a commercial property, we have the right equipment and expertise to complete your pond cleaning fast and professionally. We focus on the functional cleanliness, erosion repair, removal of overgrowth, elimination of inappropriate aquatics, and the clearing of runoff areas, drains, storm sewers and culverts. This is important to ensure other waterways and low-lying areas remain clean and healthy.

The State of Florida began requiring retention ponds in new developments during the 1980s. Since that time, the number of retention ponds has increased monthly throughout Central Florida. These vary in size from a small lake to less than 20 feet in diameter. As the agency responsible for permitting retention ponds, the St. Johns River Water Management District has established basic safety guidelines. In Orange County and Volusia County, local regulators do require fencing of a pond with a slope elevation greater than one-foot of drop for every 5 feet of distance.

What happens when retention and detention ponds are neglected?

Given the near-record rainfall in June and ongoing precipitation in July, stormwater runoff is an issue. Many commercial properties may have downspouts and parking lot drains tied into retention and detention ponds. If those basins get backed up, water will not properly exit surfaces causing pooling—and in worst case scenarios, you can get water backup in buildings.

Engineering firms that conduct inspection reports are looking for erosion, stress on soil embankments, debris or vegetation that blocks waterflow, proper rip-rap, sediment and debris buildup, and the condition of headwalls.

You can pass a retention and detention pond inspection if you pay attention to those key areas of your commercial property’s basin.

Maintenance Services

  • Litter/debris removal

  • Inlet/outlet cleaning

  • Vegetation management

  • Sediment monitoring and removal when required.

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