SWM ponds

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These sheep are contained within the SWMStormwater Management pondA body of water smaller than a lake, often artificially formed. allotment on this subdivision as a means of organic, low-cost land maintenance, Milton Keynes UK

Stormwater management (SWMStormwater Management) ponds aren't a low impact developmentA stormwater management strategy that seeks to mitigate the impacts of increased urban runoff and stormwater pollution by managing it as close to its source as possible. It comprises a set of site design approaches and small scale stormwater management practices that promote the use of natural systems for infiltration and evapotranspiration, and rainwater harvesting. strategy.

There are lots of other existing guides out there to help you design a SWMStormwater Management pondA body of water smaller than a lake, often artificially formed. or 'wet pondA body of water smaller than a lake, often artificially formed.'[1].

We encourage you to try and use LIDLow Impact Development. A stormwater management strategy that seeks to mitigate the impacts of increased urban runoff and stormwater pollution by managing it as close to its source as possible. It comprises a set of site design approaches and small scale stormwater management practices that promote the use of natural systems for infiltration and evapotranspiration, and rainwater harvesting. principles; distribute water quality treatment and low flow events through the use of BMPs across your site, and deal with flood volumes with underground infiltration chambers or a nice amenity space in a dry pond.






  1. Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2003, Stormwater Management Planning and Design Manual https://www.ontario.ca/document/stormwater-management-planning-and-design-manual-0