About Retention Pond Maintenance
Proper water management is necessary to maintain a healthy and productive commercial property. However, poor water management can lead to water-related issues, such as stormwater runoff, polluting water, eroding soil, and floods. Retention ponds can be used to combat these problems.
Proper maintenance of retention ponds is essential to ensure their long-term viability, safety, and ability to reduce pollution. So, what is the retention pond maintenance?
What Is a Retention Pond?
Retention ponds are long-term, artificial ponds used to collect and process stormwater runoff. Water is permanently stored in these structures, which are usually surrounded by vegetation. It is then drained away into a larger river or reservoir. When a storm hits, the pond's water level drops, reducing the danger of flooding and saving the community money on repairs.
Why is Retention Pond Maintenance Important?
Stormwater runoff from residential areas, roadways, parking lots, industrial sites, and commercial sectors may be improved by using retention ponds to temporarily store water during severe storms, reducing peak stormwater runoff rates. Retention pond upkeep is essential to ensure that they continue to perform effectively.
For both businesses and homes, preventative maintenance is essential because it protects the stability of downstream channels, keeps water quality high, eliminates unpleasant smells and troublesome insects, and preserves the area's appearance.
Improperly managed retention ponds may increase pollutant flow downstream, increase the instability of downstream channels, increase the danger of downstream floods, and create different aesthetic or nuisance concerns.
What Are the Actions Needed to Maintain Retention Ponds?
A terrific way to make the most of your outside space is to install a retention pond. The most critical preventative actions are to maintain your pond in excellent operating order and avoid more severe issues. By following a few basic guidelines, you can keep your pond in peak condition.
Stormwater pond inspections should be conducted as part of a comprehensive stormwater management strategy. Inspectors should have a complete list of items to look for after rain, including obstacles, garbage buildup, erosion, and sedimentation.
Mowing around the drainage pond helps avoid erosion and looks nice. To prevent pollution in the future, businesses and property owners should use as little fertilizer and pesticides as possible.
Removal of Sediments
The bottom of the outflow structure must be cleaned every six months to eliminate the silt that has built up over time. Check the pond depth at various points throughout this procedure. If the pond's original design depth has been reduced by more than 25 percent, the sediment should be removed.
Structural Repair and Replacement
A stormwater pond's structural components will need to be repaired or replaced. A stormwater specialist may determine it.
Who Is in Charge of Maintaining the Retention Pond?
A city is liable for any retention ponds located in the public right-of-way or property controlled by the city. The property owner, property management firm, or community homeowners' association (HOA) is responsible for any runoff on their land. Because of this, your HOA or property management firm should take care of any retention ponds in your neighborhood, business park, or retail center.
Working with a professional landscaping firm to improve and manage your retention pond will ensure that it complies with all municipal and county rules and standards. The city and county will carry out annual or biennial inspections. Because of this, the ponds must satisfy all specifications and operate at their maximum capacity.
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About Austell, Georgia
The area that is now Austell was frequented by game hunters and trappers on their way to the area's salt licks. These early visitors claimed the area's waters had medicinal properties. It soon became a destination for therapeutic healing, leading to the founding of a town known as Salt Springs. As immigration increased and demand for land near the spring grew, G. O. Mozely donated and subdivided 40 acres (16 ha) of his land, enhancing the loose settlement with a street plan. Later, the spring was renamed Lithia Springs due to the water containing lithium carbonate, and the neighboring city of Lithia Springs was founded in 1882. In 1888, the lithia spring water was bottled and sold under the commercial name Bowden Lithia Spring Water. The historic lithia spring water is still bottled and sold under the name brand Lithia Spring Water. The Georgia Pacific Railway chose the town of Austell to be a station depot, being the dividing point for the major Birmingham and Chattanooga railway lines.
Austell was incorporated in 1885. The town is named for General Alfred Austell (1814–1881), in recognition of his efforts to bring major railways to the South. General Austell also founded the Atlanta National Bank (later renamed First Atlanta), which eventually became part of Wachovia and later Wells Fargo through various mergers and acquisitions. General Austell is buried in an elaborate Gothic Revival–style mausoleum at the highest point in Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery.
In 2009, Sweetwater Creek flooded, destroying many homes and businesses in the Austell area.
Austell is located along the southern border of Cobb County at(33.815905, −84.636242). A small portion of the city extends south into Douglas County. It is bordered by Lithia Springs to the south and Mableton to the east. The city of Powder Springs is 4 miles (6 km) to the northwest. U.S. Route 78 passes through the city, leading east 15 miles (24 km) to downtown Atlanta and west 8 miles (13 km) to Douglasville.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Austell has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.5 km), of which 0.015 square miles (0.04 km2), or 0.24%, is water.
Sweetwater Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee River, flows through the city, passing north, then east of the city center. The area is relatively flat, with few large hills.
According to the Köppen classification, Austell has a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild, but occasionally cold winters by the standards of the southern United States. The city experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid, with a July daily average of 89 °F (32 °C). In a normal summer it is not unusual for temperatures to exceed 90 °F (32 °C). Winters are mild, windy, with some warm, sunny days and occasional snow, with a January average high of 50 °F (10 °C) and low of 30 °F (−1 °C). Occasionally, high temperatures will struggle to reach 40 °F (4 °C), and nights can dip into the teens. Subzero temperatures are very uncommon and only occur once every decade or so.
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 7,713 people, 2,691 households, and 1,794 families residing in the city.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,359 people, 2,009 households, and 1,386 families residing in the city. The population density was 942.1 inhabitants per square mile (363.7/km2). There were 2,144 housing units at an average density of 376.9 per square mile (145.5/km). The racial makeup of the city is:
There were 2,009 households, out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 18.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. Of all households, 24.5% were made up of individuals, and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.3% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 37.0% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $38,933, and the median income for a family was $39,635. Males had a median income of $31,750 versus $22,944 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,924. About 11.0% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.0% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.