Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Pond with a Purpose
Storm Water Management Ponds
In natural areas, most rain water is caught by vegetation or soaks into the ground where it moves slowly through the soil eventually into streams, ponds, lakes, or the ocean; and some seeps deep into the soil to become groundwater, which is an important source of clean water for humans. Along the journey pollutants are naturally filtered out by plant roots and the soil.
Stormwater is the water that flows off the impervious (or waterproof) surfaces like roads, driveways, parking lots, buildings and even lawns and farm fields that can't absorb water as well as natural areas. This water often runs off down storm drains and into streams carrying fertilizers, oil, road salts, trash and other pollutants. The rapid flow of so much water causes excessive flooding and erosion. Importantly, this runoff is not available to soak into the ground and maintain groundwater and stream flow levels.
Stormwater management structures are placed between
Different types of stormwater management facilities release temporarily stored runoff in a variety of ways
Stormwater temporarily held and filtered through the soil, and vegetation. Excess water is collected through underground pipes and flows into a stream.
Similar to bioretention structure, except there are no underground pipes. All water soaks into the soil or is used by plants.
Stormwater is filtered through sand to remove oil, grease, and other pollutants. Water is collected through underground pipes and flows into a stream.
Similar to a sand filter except there are no underground pipes and all water soaks into the soil.
Holds stormwater and releases it slowly into a stream to reduce erosion and maintain stream levels. Always holds water.
Similar to a wet pond but remains dry between rain events.
How many of these different types of stormwater management structures (shown above) can you find in this park? Or around your school or home?
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
Location. 39° 3.279′ N, 77° 2.361′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Deer Hollow Trail, on the right when traveling north. On the grounds of Wheaton Regional Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2000 Shorefield Road, Silver Spring MD 20902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bridge to Understanding (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Suggestions for Walking the Labyrinth (about 600 feet away); Regional Parks (about 800 feet away); Shorefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); DC Area Sniper Victims Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gude Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Monarch Waystation (approx. ¼ mile away); Garden Lunch/Recess Lessons (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Also see . . . Natural Resources Stewardship. (Submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.