Naturalized stormwater retention ponds are the future of stormwater management and are now being developed by cities across the country.

The objective of the Moncton Naturalized Stormwater Management Guidelines was to formulate strategies and specifications for stormwater management practices and designs in the City of Moncton that integrate naturalized stormwater ponds into urban land development projects. Following project completion, the City of Moncton received an environmental award from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators for the development of these guidelines.

A research, planning and development stage involved client meetings, background research and preparation of site-specific recommendations for naturalized stormwater design strategies leading to detailed recommendations for the engineering and biological standards and specifications required for the establishment of constructed naturalized stormwater ponds in the City of Moncton. A second stage included the completion of the naturalized stormwater guideline document that specifically outlined stormwater management objectives. Important sections in the Moncton Naturalized Stormwater Management Guidelines included:

  • Background and definition of stormwater management
  • Principles of quantity control and quality control
  • Outline of various stormwater management methods
  • Design standards and specifications of naturalized stormwater ponds
  • Construction activities, planning, scheduling and implementation
  • Operation, maintenance and monitoring of naturalized stormwater ponds
  • Incorporation of naturalized ponds into area structure plans (secondary plans)
  • Submittal requirements

Read how the project and partnership developed on ducks.ca.