Stormwater is water that flows over land from rainstorms and melting snow. When it rains and snow melts, water flows from our rooftops, driveways, lawns, streets and sidewalks. This water collects dirt, sand, gravel and other pollutants along the way.
The water empties into a storm drain where pipes carry it away to storm ponds. The storm ponds capture and hold this water for a while. This lets the water settle. The sediments and pollutants settle to the bottom of the pond, helping return cleaner water to our rivers and streams.
Our storm ponds are all work and no play – they have an important job to do. They protect the community from flooding and help create cleaner stormwater. Because of changing water levels and poor water quality, they are not for recreation.