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Stormwater Pond Improvement Guide Published


Rhett Register, 919-515-1092,
Gloria Putnam, 919-513-0117,

Posted Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Stormwater Ponds: Improving Aesthetics, Value & Function is the latest addition to North Carolina Sea Grant's Sustainability Series. The publication describes how ponds that remove nutrients can be retrofitted to increase their function and look better.

"Most stormwater ponds just aren't designed to be attractive," says Gloria Putnam, coastal resources and communities specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant and one of four authors of the guide. "Adding plants will make a big difference in treatment, add habitat for wildlife and improve aesthetics. These improvements can increase the value of the property to the owner and the community."

The guide lists options for enhancing existing stormwater ponds and for designing new ones. Suggestions range from planting native grasses around the pond's perimeter to adding a submerged wetland bench or floating wetland.

Readers also will learn about maintaining stormwater pond systems. The document lists aquatic weeds that are common in eastern North Carolina along with suggestions on what to do if they are found.

"This guide helps communities and homeowner associations get the most from stormwater ponds by improving functionality and aesthetics," Putnam says.

To obtain a copy of the publication, click here. A stormwater ponds retrofit project in Currituck County was featured in the Summer 2012 issue of Coastwatch.

To learn more about the Sustainability Series, visit Sea Grant's Clean Water, Healthy Communities online.


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