Common Applications for Wet Ponds
Wet ponds and retention areas have become closely aligned and incorporated into outdoor recreational facility landscapes by community associations. Often explored to gentrify stormwater storage systems, amenities can be offered at or surrounding the wet ponds and marketed as nature parks or artificial lakes for newly developed communities.
In these cases, they can serve a dual-purpose for stormwater management while also becoming a great spot for walking paths. Since retention ponds perform natural water treatment processes, water activities including stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking are generally safe. Wet Ponds can easily be beautified for pedestrians and cyclists, aesthetically enhanced by retaining walls, walking bridges and landscaping.
Wet ponds and retention basins are easy to maintain, are an excellent collection device for rainfall events and often self-regulate with an overflow outlet in case of extreme volumes. Water levels do tend to fluctuate at these locations depending on precipitation and runoff from contributing stormwater sources but are relatively minor. Wildlife habitats regularly develop in retention areas.