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Free Workshop on Stormwater Pond Maintenance (Morning)

Sussex County property owners who want to learn more about stormwater pond maintenance are invited to attend a free workshop being offered on Thursday, December 5th, by the Sussex Conservation District. Both a morning and afternoon session are available for registration. The morning workshop will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the class will run from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. The workshop is being held at the DNREC Lewes Conference Room located at 901 Pillottown Road, Lewes.

Stormwater ponds collect surface runoff to manage and prevent downstream flooding, remove pollutants, and settle suspended sediments transported by stormwater. These ponds can add to the aesthetics of a community, and homeowners often pay a premium to be close to these waterfront sites.

The task of maintaining stormwater ponds falls on the property owner. In many cases, the owner is a homeowners’ association or maintenance corporation, whose responsibilities also include open space management. Some associations seek professional support, while others choose to manage them on their own. Still, other property owners may not even be aware that the ponds require ongoing and sometimes extensive periodic maintenance.

The workshop will provide general information on why stormwater management is needed and how to ensure its proper function for years to come. Many homeowners do not reach out for technical assistance until there is a problem. “It is not our intent to turn property owners into pond-maintenance experts. However, we do want to provide them with the general knowledge of why the ponds are there, and how to monitor for proper function. We encourage communities to become informed so that they can identify problems early before they become costly to repair,” said Jessica Watson, Program Manager with the Sussex Conservation District.

Seating is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. To register for this free workshop or for more information, please contact the Sussex Conservation District at 302-856-2105 or you can register online at sussexconservation.org.

For further information contact, Jessica Watson, Sussex Conservation District, 302-856-2105, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Event Date 12/05/2019
Event Time 08:30 am - 12:00 pm
Available place 39
Location
DNREC Lewes Conference Room
901 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE 19958, USA
DNREC Lewes Conference Room
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