It's not what you might think ...and so much more
Dry ponds are a key component of our Stormwater Integrated Resource Plan (SIRP), EPCOR's holistic approach to gauging flood risk in Edmonton. Hear from Susan, Dawn and Kent on how we're working with communities to protect them from flooding.
by Curtis Gillespie
Some Edmonton neighbourhoods are located in areas that once contained small lakes and sloughs that were suppressed or diverted decades ago for development. But here’s the thing with water — it’s still going to come up out of the ground, and it’s still going to fall out of the sky, and it’s still going to want to go where it’s been going for millennia. Which can be a problem when your neighbourhood used to be a lake, and you’ve got an old basement. So, what can be done?
Welcome to the dry pond. No, it’s not an oxymoron, it’s one solution EPCOR is employing as part of a broader strategy to mitigate flooding in Edmonton. The concept is deceptively simple. A dry pond is a depression in the landscape that is usable for recreation, but when storms and floods occur, they act as catchments for excess water, diverting it away from the drainage network.
An integral aspect of the broader landscape