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Posted on: January 19, 2019

Stormwater Pond Safety

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Stormwater ponds are potentially dangerous with unknown ice conditions for recreational activities like ice skating and hockey. Please help us keep your family safe this winter by explaining to your children that is extremely important to keep off this ice.

Why is stormwater pond ice unsafe?

Stormwater ponds have a constant flow of water, which causes ice to form in unstable conditions over the winter months. These unpredictable and fluctuating water levels create an environment in which the water may not freeze completely solid, therefore all unmonitored stormwater ponds are unsafe for skating.

If they can’t be used for recreation, what’s the point of stormwater ponds?

Though they may look like great recreation areas, stormwater ponds serve an important function in the City of Blaine’s stormwater management system. A stormwater pond has two main purposes. The first is for residential flood protection. The second is for treating urban water run off before it flows back into natural creeks and rivers.

For more information on safe skating locations, visit BlaineMN.gov/SkatingRinks .

Enjoy your time outside safely this winter.

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