Retention Pond

A retention pondA retention pond is designed to hold a specific amount of water indefinitely. Usually the pond is designed to have drainage leading to another location when the water level gets above the pond capacit... is designed to hold a specific amount of water indefinitely. Usually the pond is designed to have drainage leading to another location when the water level gets above the pond capacity, but still maintains a certain capacity. Unlike a Detention PondA low lying area that is designed to temporarily hold a set amount of water while slowly draining to another location, or back to the water table. A water detention pond, by definition, detains water..., which allows water to slowly drain back into the natural water table, Retention Pond retains water all the time. The pond level may go up and down, but ordinarily the pond has some water in it, slowly evaporating into the atmosphere.

Not to be confused with:

  • Detention Pond
  • Underground Detention FacilitiesUnderground water detention facilities are vaults, pipes, tanks, and other subsurface structures, designed to temporarily store stormwater runoff for water quantity control. Like aboveground detenti...