We don’t have hands because we have gloves, we have gloves because we have hands. A simple concept. The Village doesn’t have ponds so you can fish, you get to fish because we have ponds. Another simple concept? Not so much.
Not all ponds are created equal. The Village happens to have a series of ponds used to control drainage. And not just Village drainage, but drainage from surrounding areas that naturally flows into the ponds and creeks in the Village. Not coincidentally, each pond has a dam and strategically placed and sized drains which help control the flow of water, especially during wet years with heavy runoff. When there is too much water in the upper pond, the water flows through the drain in that pond and into the creek to the next pond. Once the water in that second pond reaches the drain in that pond, the water flows through that drain and follows the creek to the lower pond by the clubhouse. When water in the clubhouse pond reaches the drain in that pond, which also has a spillway in the dam, the water drains into the creek, through the culverts under Vacation Village Drive, continues flowing through creek beds and culverts in Unit 2 Phase 1 and Unit 4, then under Ellsworth Road, and eventually into Show Low Creek, which runs through the meadow by Hampton Inn. Dams, ponds, drains, creek beds, spillways and culverts work together to send water downstream in a somewhat orderly and semi-well behaved fashion. That’s how the system functions.
Why, you might ask, do we have the ponds if Mother Nature, in her wisdom, could and did single-handedly take care of runoff by hurling the gushing storm water into the creek, through the culverts, or over the road and beyond? Because Mother Nature is notoriously unpredictable and violent, running roughshod over everything around her. Or she sits on her lounger eating bonbons while the ponds sit empty.
Development alters the landscape. Without control measures, extra water generated by those alterations could contribute to storm water runoff wreaking havoc downstream of the development by carrying extra water, debris, and small furry animals, or sometimes large furry animals, over the river and through the woods. Generally speaking, what development contributes to water flow should be mitigated somewhere, somehow; what goes in, should come out, as though nothing extra went in. The three ponds are mandatory, come rain or shine, their size a clue to what Mother Nature might be capable during her wettest temper tantrum.
Simply stated, to minimize flooding and pollution that might end up downstream, a development’s drainage system should be designed to regulate (meter) storm water runoff in such a manner that it moves through the drainage area with no greater flow rate than was present during high water and low water prior to development, regardless of any extra runoff generated by development. And nothing may interfere with or impede that water flow whether it is a beaver colony building a dam or the RSA building a fence. After all, the fellow downstream from a development expects to live in peace and harmony with the water flow to which he or she has become accustomed.
That’s why you get to fish in the pond.