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Stormwater Management Facilities

 

Stormwater management facilities are located throughout new subdivisions in Milton and serve a variety of environmental purposes. They are often incorporated into the parks and trails system. In older development areas, rainfall runoff from the hard surface areas would wash pollutants, such as gasoline, engine oil, fertilizers and pesticides directly into our streams and lakes without being treated. This runoff would also increase water levels in creeks and streams, resulting in erosion and flooding downstream.

Today, we minimize these problems through the design and installation of stormwater management facilities.

 

 Environmental Benefits

Stormwater ponds act as temporary holding areas for rainfall runoff after rainstorms in order to prevent flooding. Biological processes help to remove most of the pollutants in the runoff so the water flows out of the ponds much cleaner than when it entered.

These engineered creeks and ponds are intended to replicate a natural environment and do not require routine maintenance, such as grass and weed cutting. 

These facilities in Milton complement our park, trail and open space system as they grown into attractive, naturalized areas.

(This document is available in an accessible format upon request: Accessible Document Request.)

 

 Safety Around Stormwater Ponds

Swimming and skating are not permitted on stormwater ponds for a few reasons:

  • Ponds are not monitored by Town staff.
  • Stormwater ponds accumulate runoff from roadways after rainstorms, and are therefore not clean for swimming.
  • During winter months, these engineered ponds have a different freezing temperature than natural bodies of water. This is due to the salt that enters ponds from the roads. So while it could be safe to skate on natural ponds during cold winter days, stormwater ponds may not be completely frozen and therefore are unsafe for skating. 

Outdoor skating is available (weather permitting) at Campbellville (Old) Ball Park and Rotary Park.