What is a stormwater pond? A stormwater pond helps collect rainfall runoff before entering our storm sewer system, which flows directly into creeks, lakes, Tampa Bay, or the Gulf of Mexico. Higher functioning stormwater ponds increase storage capacity, decrease flooding, improve water quality, and create habitat for wildlife.
The Adopt-A-Pond program partners with citizens to increase the functionality of their stormwater ponds to achieve benefits such as: improved water quality, habitat restoration, drainage improvement, flood protection, and increased environmental stewardship. Participants in the Adopt-A-Pond program will work together to improve their communities by designing, implementing, and maintaining a 5-year plan for their stormwater ponds. Activities can include invasive plant removal, native plantings, pond cleanup events, and neighborhood outreach and education. Funding for this program comes from Pinellas County’s Surface Water Assessment.
How do I form a pond group? Gather a group of people who live in the pond’s drainage area and have an interest in the pond. Next, collect information about your pond and its watershed. This can include: names and contact information for your pond group; an aerial photograph of your neighborhood; site or drainage plans; locations of pond outfalls, drainage pipes, drop boxes and other structures; maintenance records for herbicide treatments, grass carp, plant removal; homeowner association covenants or deed restrictions; and, local government contacts for road maintenance, mosquito control, etc. A history of drainage activities will be valuable for future pond improvements and maintenance. Afterwards, draft a Pond Management Plan that lists the pond problems and potential solutions.
How do I join the Adopt-A-Pond program? For more information on the Adopt-A-Pond program, please email AAP@pinellascounty.org or call
Additional Stormwater Pond Resources:
Lakes & Ponds Education Day Presentations: