Stormwater is rain or snow melt from our roofs, lawns and roadways that enters catch basins on our streets and eventually drains through pipes into our rivers. To learn more about stormwater and how we manage it, visit our Storm Drainage System page.
Our storm ponds, such as wet ponds or engineered wetlands, provide a place for excess stormwater to collect as well as a way to filter the water and remove contaminants before it enters our rivers.
About the condition assessment program for storm ponds
The storm pond assessment program began in 2015. The program assess the current condition of the storm ponds using methods such as bathymetric surveys, sediment sampling, riparian and aquatic vegetation survey, fish survey, slope stability investigation and visual inspection. The program will be active until 2019, with approximately 10 to 15 wet ponds or wetlands being assessed per year.
We will use the gathered data to assist in decisions related to design, operation, maintenance and renewal. This will ensure our storm ponds function as intended. We currently operate and maintain 155 storm ponds in Calgary.
Storm ponds to be assessed from the beginning of August to the end of September 2016
City of Calgary employees, consultants and contractors will be working in and around the storm ponds completing the assessments for 2016.