Stormwater is water that flows over land from rainstorms and melting snow. This water, or “runoff” is collected via sewers and storm drains, and provides the City of Chestermere with a renewable source of clean water.
A storm pond captures and contains stormwater – for a while. Storm ponds slow down water long enough to settle out sediments and pollutants, helping return cleaner water to our rivers and streams. They are a critical piece of infrastructure. Click here for more information.
Using storm ponds for recreational activities is dangerous and is prohibited in the City of Chestermere. Water levels and ice thickness change throughout the season due to the freeze-thaw cycles. Please stay safe and use public ice rinks for skating. A list of outdoor skating rinks is available here.
Co-Operative Stormwater Management Initiative
In 2014, the Co‐Operative Stormwater Management Initiative (CSMI) was formed to assist municipalities and the Western Irrigation District (WID) to work together to find an effective and feasible solution to a stormwater management issue that affects each member in different ways. CSMI members include: Calgary Regional Partnership, City of Chestermere, City of Calgary, Rocky View County, Town of Strathmore, Wheatland County, and the WID. A report was commissioned with conceptual ideas as to how these partners could work together to develop a collective approach to stormwater management, and can be found here.