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Green Infrastructure: Converting Dry Detention Basins to Natural Ecosystems

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Detention basins, also known as dry ponds or dry detention basins, are stormwater management structures designed to slow down stormwater runoff for a period of time to decrease downstream flooding from larger precipitation events. Unlike wet ponds (also known as "retention basins"), detention basins are not designed to have large permanent standing pools of water, but are designed to infiltrate water (soak into the ground) or drain to a stream within a determined period of time (usually 72 hours). Over the last 30 years, detention basins have been commonly used in suburban developments to provide flood control during storm events.
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Michael Haberland
Salvatore S. Mangiafico
Christopher Obropta
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension
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dry detention basins, water infiltration, water quality