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Swales and managing storm water

Swales are located on some private property along the back fence or the side of the property. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to keep the swale clear and free of snow, ice and debris. Please check your swale frequently and remove all snow, ice and debris that may have accumulated.

In addition to clearing your swale of snow/ice/debris, please:

  • avoid planting shrub/tree materials near the swale
  • do not put pavers or other landscaping materials on top of the swale
  • do not use rock, fencing materials or netting to block swale leading into adjacent properties

Dry pond and swale enhancements in Stonegate and East Lake - November 2023

Stonegate dry pond facility improvements

This project involves the removal of excess vegetation and sediment, a necessary step to ensure the facility has sufficient storage capacity for storm events. The stockpiled material and soil will be removed once the ground is frozen, allowing our trucks to operate with minimal impact on the surrounding greenspace.

East Lake NW swale enhancement

In the East Lake NW area removal of vegetation and sediment will reestablish flow capacity and ensure positive drainage to the pond. This is a crucial step in maintaining the area's environmental health and functionality.

Landscaping plans:

In Spring/Summer 2024, both the Stonegate and East Lake NW sites will receive landscaping enhancements. The final design will feature a gently sloped, vegetated swale, blending functionality with natural beauty.

 Timeline and wildlife impact:

Both projects are subject to weather conditions, with timelines adjusted accordingly. These activities are not expected to impact local wildlife.

We appreciate the community's patience and cooperation as we work towards these vital environmental improvements. Stay connected with us for ongoing updates on these projects.


Rainfall and snowmelt

Rainfall and snowmelt funnel from your roof to your eavestrough and then through your downspout.


Down the downspout

Your downspout directs water away from your foundation.


Swales, gutters and catch basins

Soil absorbs some rain and snowmelt, and the rest should flow to the lowest point of your property to be captured by a swale, gutter or catch basin.


Into the stormwater network

Water then travels within the City’s stormwater network and eventually discharges to Nose Creek.