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HOA/Metro District Stormwater Pond Resources

Private stormwater ponds

Your Homeowner's Association or Metro District may have recently received a letter from the city regarding the requirements for the stormwater pond located on the property.

When the property was built, an approved Inspection and Maintenance Plan (I&M) was submitted. It is the responsibility of the HOA or Metro District to ensure the stormwater pond operates properly. One purpose of the I&M is to provide information to the person or entity responsible for inspection and maintenance of the stormwater pond to ensure it is adequately maintained to function as designed. 

The approved I&M requires the following:  

  • Inspect the stormwater pond pursuant to the approved I&M plan.
  • Document the inspection and maintenance.
  • Submit an annual inspection report to Aurora Water no later than March 31, 2023. Subsequent annual reports are due on March 31. 

Inspection reports may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to  
Aurora Water
Attn: MS4 Environmental Inspection Supervisor
15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Ste. 2500
Aurora, CO  80012

What is a stormwater pond?

Stormwater ponds are designed to capture water during storms and to hold it temporarily before releasing it. Some stormwater ponds are lined with clay or plastic and are designed to always hold water. Other stormwater ponds are designed to simply slow the flow of stormwater by capturing it for a short time and then releasing it. 

What does a stormwater pond do?

Stormwater ponds do two important things:
1. Stormwater tends to move very fast. Stormwater ponds slow that flow to prevent flooding.
2. Stormwater eventually flows directly into rivers and streams and as it moves, it picks up trash, sediment, and other pollutants. Stormwater ponds help trap trash, sediment and debris so it stays out of the rivers and streams. 

Neglected ponds can become very pricey to rehabilitate, so it's best to regularly inspect and maintain them. It's not complicated, but it does require some planning. 

Preventing pollution

City ordinances require those responsible for ponds to do all they can to prevent pollutants from entering the pond.


City Resources

City Municipal Code

Maintenance guidelines for stormwater ponds brochure

Colorado Stormwater Center Resources

CSCR has numerous helpful links, including:

Permanent Water Quality BMP Inspection and Maintenance Field Guide

Routine Extended Detention Basin Maintenance Video

Check out CSCR's additional resources for rain gardens, contract landscapers and more. 

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