Can I swim in these ponds?

It is generally not advisable to use stormwater ponds for fishing, swimming or ice skating. They capture pollutants from stormwater and even low levels of pollution exposure (skin contact or fish consumption) should be avoided. Because water flows are unpredictable and pond levels fluctuate, ice formation on these ponds are not considered safe. Enjoy these ponds and the wildlife they attract from a distance.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. Why is stormwater runoff a problem?
3. Where does water pollution come from?
4. What are some examples of drainage problems?
5. What is the purpose of storm drains?
6. What’s the difference between a sewer drain and a storm drain?
7. Who owns the stormwater system?
8. What is an impervious area?
9. What are stormwater ponds?
10. Why do we have these ponds in our neighborhoods?
11. Why does my stormwater pond look scummy, turbid or have algae?
12. Can I swim in these ponds?
13. What can I do to help keep my pond looking clean and healthy?