Thursday, July 07, 2011

DNREC Press Release

Free workshop on stormwater pond maintenance set for July 30

GEORGETOWN (July 7, 2011) – 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 Saturday morning, July 30, by the Sussex Conservation District and the Center for the Inland Bays. The workshop will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and run until noon at the Lewes Senior Center.

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 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, particularly those with dry ponds, choose to manage them on their own. Still, other property owners may not even be aware that the ponds require ongoing and sometimes extensive periodic maintenance.

The workshop will provide general information on why stormwater 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.

“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.

“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 where to go for technical assistance,” said Jessica Watson, program manager with the Sussex Conservation District.

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.

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