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How retention ponds are vital for the environment

Retention ponds or "wet ponds" are ponds constructed to treat and store stormwater runoff. Retention ponds are permanent pools of standing water and eventually empty into a receiving water body. Forebays can be included in the design of a retention pond to "pretreat" the stormwater before it spills over into the major water feature.  Water is treated through sedimentation and nutrient uptake.

Benefits of stormwater retention ponds include:

  • Improved water quality in surrounding water bodies. Retention ponds manage stormwater quantity and quality, lessening the transfer of pollutants and chemicals into nearby water bodies.
  • Aesthetic appeal. A retention pond may enhance aesthetics via plant selection, plant placement, topography and pedestrian access options.
  • Increased biodiversity. Biodiversity is defined as the variation of life forms in a given ecosystem. Landscaping with ponds and different varieties of plants can add to the  natural environment.
  • Wildlife habitat. Retention ponds provide habitats for animals, organisms, and insects.
  • Water conservation. Water that is stored in retention ponds is available for non-potable human uses such as irrigation.
  • Flood prevention. Stormwater quantity reductions minimize the risk of flooding in nearby areas.
  • Minimization of erosion. Stormwater quantity reductions minimize erosion in the nearby area and along the banks of water bodies.

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Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic

by Nicole Stevens

plastic reinforced fiberglass floridaSo what exactly is fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP)? Technically speaking, it is a polymer matrix combined with fibers, glass being most common (but it can also contain other fibers such as basalt, carbon, or aramid). Combining these ingredients makes for a very strong and very inexpensive end product.

FRPs are made in a mold, or a tool is used to place the fiber before it forms. The fibers are then covered in a resin to adhere to the mold’s shape. There are various methods that can be used to achieve whatever outcome is desired, all of which need heat and pressure to mold the fibers into place. The products produced are of a minimal weight and a heightened strength.

FRP has become so increasingly popular that even vehicle designers have looked into developed future automobiles with the strong fibers seeing as the strength of them outweigh that of some metals. FRP is also completely lacking any magnetic attraction, so it guards against any of electrical spark that could be a potential danger. On top of resistance from electrical accidents, FRP is also immune to rotting, infestation, and corrosion. This makes it perfect for anything outdoors, or in a type of workshop or laboratory. It can even hold up in subzero temperatures!

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How retention ponds are vital for the environment

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Retention ponds or "wet ponds" are ponds constructed to treat and store stormwater runoff. Retention ponds are permanent pools of standing water and eventually empty into a receiving water body. Forebays can be included in the design of a retention pond to "pretreat" the stormwater before it spills over into the major water feature.  Water is treated through sedimentation and nutrient uptake.

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