EDBs are designed to collect and treat stormwater before releasing it into receiving waters, thus reducing the amount of pollutants that enter these natural water bodies. Properly maintained EDBs have been found to be highly effective at removing certain types of pollutants and storing water during larger storm events. However, poorly functioning EDBs can lead to pond failure, which can result in unpleasant odors, insect infestations, and unsightly conditions.
The main causes of EDB failure include poor vegetation maintenance, clogged inlets caused by trash and debris, sediment accumulation, failed side slopes, and inadequate access for maintenance activities. Therefore, it is crucial to understand why EDBs are built in specific subdivisions and how all the components work together to reduce the chance of pond failure.
These particular EDBs are state regulated, and the City must obtain permits to perform maintenance activities. All of our EDBs are inspected at least once a year by State-certified and registered inspectors, and maintenance activities can vary based on the inspection of that calendar year.