Retention ponds not only collect stormwater, they also filter pollutants through wetland plants. And they can increase biodiversity in urban areas by providing shelter and habitat for migrating birds, insects, and urban wildlife. They do, however, require an effort to construct and maintain. If you are considering the use of a pond to manage stormwater, do your homework to understand the risks and benefits.
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We respectfully acknowledge that the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is located on traditional lands of Indigenous Peoples. We honor the ancestry, heritage, and gifts of all Indigenous Peoples who were sustained by these lands and give thanks to them. We are grateful that these lands continue to provide enrichment for many people today. [More…]