How do storm ponds work?

Storm ponds protect our rivers by removing sediment, fertilizer, pesticides and other pollutants. Storm ponds also prevent flooding by controlling the release of extra stormwater.

When it rains and snow melts, water flows from our rooftops, driveways, lawns, streets and sidewalks. This water collects dirt, sand, gravel and other pollutants along the way.

The water empties into a storm drain where pipes carry it away to storm ponds.

The storm ponds capture and hold this water for a while. This lets the water settle. The sediments and pollutants settle to the bottom of the pond, helping return cleaner water to our rivers and streams.

 

Tips for your local storm pond

Our storm ponds are all work and no play – they have an important job to do. They protect the community from flooding and help create clean stormwater. Because of changing water levels and poor water quality, they are not for recreation.

Stay out of the water
Swimming, wading and boating of any type is dangerous and not allowed on the storm ponds. Recreational programs are available at the Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre.

Keep your pets from the water
Keep your animals away from storm ponds for their health and safety.

Stay off the ice
Ice on storm ponds is weaker because of washed away road salts. Water levels change rapidly which makes skating and other winter activities dangerous. A list of approved outdoor skating rinks is available here.

Do not add fish to a storm pond
It is illegal to stock or dump fish in a storm pond. Adding fish can harm our water ecosystem because the fish can become an invasive species.

Do not go fishing in a storm pond
Because of the poor water quality, fishing in a storm pond is a risk to your health. There are places to safely fish across our province.

Do not dump garbage in a storm pond
Storm ponds are not designed to handle garbage. Please place garbage in bins or take waste to a landfill. Visit Sorting Central to learn how to properly dispose of an item.

Dispose of hazardous waste properly
Bring hazardous products like motor oil, paint and lawn chemicals to the Recycle Depot. For location and hours, click here.

 

Five ways to protect our waterways

Help protect Chestermere’s water quality by following these water drainage tips:

  • Point downspouts toward lawns and gardens or use a rain barrel
  • Limit the use of fertilizers and pesticides
  • Sweep up debris from your garage and driveway instead of washing it away
  • Wash your vehicle at a car wash instead of in your driveway
  • Pick up after your pet at home and elsewhere