I attended this class on Thursday in Raleigh and thought that the material covered by the NC State Stormwater Group was great. They covered multiple pond retrofit examples (a few of Dragonfly’s very own, I must add!!) and covered the reasons why retrofits can be a great solutions to many BMPs/ retention ponds that are not functioning properly. IF you haven’t already, sign up now! http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/stormwater/training/bmp_retrofit.html
Here’s an interesting installation of a Bioretention pond in Cary, North Carolina. Step by step pictures of this project: Removal of the soil from the area, and cleaning out from the future drain box. Installation of underdrains Pea gravel to cover drain pipes and promote proper drainage Backfilling with bioretention media Mulch and straw, and final touches around the pond And once all the dirty work was complete, the best part: the bioretention pond plants!
Did you know this about Dragonflies? 95% of a dragonflies life is spent in the water (Mick’s Note: this answers the questions that some of you had about the stocking of dragonfly larvae: “If you put them in a pond how do you know they will stick around?” We don’t know that once they hatch, but 95 % of their life will be spent eating mosquito larvae in your pond!) Different types of dragonfly larvae can spend up to … Read More
I thought I would share this interesting email I received from a client yesterday: ” The manager at the [insert high end hotel here] called. They are having a problem with crawfish coming into the lobby from the pond.” After joking that they could have a least made a reservation, I set out to look at the pond and research about these animals. I have been in the pond business a long time, and have yet to run into this … Read More
Are you responsible for the maintenance of stormwater ponds, wetlands, bio-retention systems or other BMPs? Each of these, in their own ways, can be liabilities and maintenance nightmares. Retention ponds or BMPs come in a variety of shapes, types and sizes. They are not all equally properly constructed or well designed. Some ponds are hidden in the back of properties; some are focal points of the property. The retention ponds located in municipalities with strict maintenance and inspection requirements have … Read More
What’s a stormwater BMP? ( or retention pond, constructed wetland, bio-retention system…) I get this question all the time: “What is it that you do?” My answer has varied over the last several years: Answer #1: “Ecological Solutions provides compliance services to BMPs.” This has been followed by the pause and the follow up question of “What is a BMP and why do you need BMP compliance?” Great conversation starter, but often a long winded answer. Answer #2: We work … Read More
It has been several years since we changed our website. Our new company website displays the services which demonstrate our capabilities as a company. These projects helped us grow the business. The website shows where we are today as a stormwater BMP management company (if you don’t know what that is, check the website), and the direction we are headed. A great new feature is the ability for our clients to log into their accounts, and access all of their … Read More