Sediment capture ponds

Other sector(s): 
Hydro Morphology
The complete description of the NWRM: 

Sediment capture ponds are engineered ponds placed in networks of forest ditches to slow the velocity of water and cause the deposition of suspended materials. Sediment capture ponds are most useful for managing the effects of ditch construction and maintenance, road work and final feeling. While used primarily in forests, sediment capture ponds may be a useful temporary measure for preserving water quality in and around construction sites or mines.  They may also be useful for capturing sediment in agricultural runoff. Sediment capture ponds have a limited lifespan, depending on how much suspended material is in the inflowing water. However, ponds can be maintained by removal of accumulated sediment. As most water protection methods, sediment capture ponds function well during base and moderate flow events. Catchment area, hydraulic properties of ditches, discharge rate and soil characteristics are among factors influencing functioning of sedimentation capture ponds. Effective functioning largely depends also on expertise and skill of professionals designing and implementing this and also many other measures.


Sediment capture pond, Slovakia

Source: Michal Kravcík’s presentation, NWRM Workshop 1 (Slovakia)


Possible benefits with level: 
Benefits Levelsort ascending
BP1 - Store runoff Medium
BP2 - Slow runoff Medium
ES1 - Water storage Medium
ES7 - Flood risk reduction Medium
PO11 - Better protection for ecosystems and more use of Green Infrastructure Medium
PO13 - Better management of fish stocks Medium
PO14 - Prevention of biodiversity loss Medium
BP3 - Store river water Low
BP4 - Slow river water Low
BP6 - Increase infiltration and/or groundwater recharge Low
BP7 - Increase soil water retention Low
BP12 - Create aquatic habitat Low
ES5 - Climate change adaptation and mitigation Low
ES6 - Groundwater/aquifer recharge Low
PO1 - Improving status of biology quality elements Low
PO2 - Improving status of physico-chemical quality elements Low
PO3 - Improving status of hydromorphology quality elements Low
PO4 - Improving chemical status and priority substances Low
PO9 - Take adequate and co-ordinated measures to reduce flood risks Low
PO10 - Protection of important habitats Low
BP8 - Reduce pollutant sources High
BP9 - Intercept pollution pathways High
BP10 - Reduce erosion and/or sediment delivery High
ES2 - Fish stocks and recruiting High
ES4 - Biodiversity preservation High
ES8 - Erosion/sediment control High
ES9 - Filtration of pollutants High
PO7 - Prevent surface water status deterioration High
PO12 - More sustainable agriculture and forestry High
Last updated: 10 Jun 2015 | Top