With a wide range of weather conditions year-around, including a long rainy season that can bring 70+ inches of rain annually, Florida’s retention ponds play an important role in the well-being of the state’s geography. The primary purpose of a retention pond is to collect runoff from surrounding higher elevation areas. They have become a common fixture around residential developments, and are so effective that they are often required when building new structures, parking lots, and roads.
Retention ponds assist with the following:
- Retaining runoff before diverting it into streams and waterways in a controlled manner. Water is released at a rate similar to that which would exist in a natural body of water. The ability of retention ponds to hold high water volume reduces load on storm water management systems that are downstream.
- Retention ponds also allow for pollutant removal from the water via settling and biological uptake.
The Importance of Retention Ponds in Florida in Central Florida
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