Storms are a reality, particularly in the northeast, and the biggest threat they bring with them is rain and flooding. This usually results from drainage systems, which are designed to channel water outside of neighborhoods, homes and cities. Most landscapes are slanted or use a mound shape, and will feature hard drains and other surfaces which are impervious. During storms, these landscapes and surfaces will have a tendency to spill water instead of absorbing it.

What is Storm Management?

Storm management involves structuring landscapes in such a way where the impact of storms are significantly reduced, especially flooding. A landscape which is correctly planned will harvest water, and will have a number of low points which can be used to hold rainwater in place and prevent it from spilling out onto nearby rivers and roads.

Why Should You Get Storm Management?

The main reason you want storm management is to protect your property from storms and the strong winds, rain and flooding that come with them. Flooding can destroy crops, livestock and even cause people to drown. Storm management involves the usage of rain gardens, swales or percolation chambers in order to manage rain water. The swale is essentially a ditch which is shallow that has sides which slope gently and run downhill, towards the place where you want the water to move. This gives rainwater the opportunity to soak as it travels.

The percolation chamber is a structure which a contractor can dig at a point which is low and stable on the property. Water will enter the chamber and will continue percolating deep inside the soil, rejuvenating the groundwater. A rain garden is a depression that is planted, which will allow storm water from surfaces which are impervious such as walkways, parking lots and roofs to enter the soil and be absorbed by it. When a property makes use of these three storm management techniques, flooding will be greatly reduced and your top soil, produce, and or livestock will not be endangered.

Storm management will also allow you to benefit from a storage system, so that storm water can be harvested. When setting up such systems the contractor will first evaluate your property to ascertain how storm water collects and moves and where it can be intercepted. The goal is to collect the water from multiple sources and then deliver it to numerous places, from a high to low point.

Why Choose Fitz’s Fish Ponds for Storm Management?

We have extensive experience managing ponds and landscapes and protecting them from the extreme weather conditions that are common in the northeastern U.S., particularly during winter. Our team of specialists will study your property, determine the manner in which rain water flows and the potential for damage, and will collaborate with you to come up with a customized system that will manage the water in a way which benefits your land rather than harming it. We can provide guidance on ways to protect your pond, fish or plants from freezing temperatures, and ways you can prevent soil erosion. Contact us today!