Choosing the best possible plants to use in your stormwater ponds (detention or retention) is important. The stormwater pond depends on the vegetation to help in maintaining proper function.

Plants utilized are essentially for bank stabilization, purifying water by keeping pollutants from running into the water, and removing sediment.  Vegetative buffers are required around the ponds perimeter to decrease erosion.  

Local plants should be used instead of bringing in plants from other regions. Local plants require less upkeep because they are already adjusted to the local climatic conditions.  Subsequently, maintenance costs will be lower.  

There are four basic principles to consider when choosing plants for stormwater ponds: vegetative attributes, accessibility and cost, use or capacity, and maintenance of the vegetation.  

 In the event that the incorrect plants are chosen, they may not endure site conditions and turn out to be unsustainable and die.  Unsustainable or dead plants should be supplanted so the stormwater pond will work appropriately. Consistent plant substitution increases maintenance costs and decreases the stormwater ponds viability.

Proper plant selection provides an imperative need in making your stormwater pond increasingly productive but they can also add a visual aesthetic appeal to the area.  

Georgia Stormwater Services, LLC can offer consultation for stormwater and vegetation management needs in order to meet regulatory compliance standards and reduce overall costs associated with yearly maintenance. 

Call for more information 770-710-4379 or contact us online.



USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Daniel G. Ogle, Plant Materials Specialist J. Chris Hoag, Wetland Plant Ecologist February 2000 

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