Stormwater & Storm Ponds

About Stormwater & Storm Ponds

Stormwater is water that flows over land from rainstorms and melting snow. When it rains and snow melts, water flows from our rooftops, driveways, lawns, streets and sidewalks. This water collects dirt, sand, gravel and other pollutants along the way.

The water empties into a storm drain where pipes carry it away to storm ponds. The storm ponds capture and hold this water for a while. This lets the water settle. The sediments and pollutants settle to the bottom of the pond, helping return cleaner water to our rivers and streams.

Our storm ponds are all work and no play – they have an important job to do. They protect the community from flooding and help create cleaner stormwater. Because of changing water levels and poor water quality, they are not for recreation.

Five ways to protect our waterways

Help protect Chestermere’s water quality by following these water drainage tips:

  1. Point downspouts toward lawns and gardens or use a rain barrel
  2. Limit the use of fertilizers and pesticides
  3. Sweep up debris from your garage and driveway instead of washing it away
  4. Wash your vehicle at a car wash instead of in your driveway
  5. Pick up after your pet at home and elsewhere

Why You Shouldn't Be on Storm Ponds:

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Ice Rescue

Call 9-1-1 if someone falls through the ice!

If someone falls through the ice, it’s important to remember – DO NOT go on the ice to try and pull them out as you will likely end up falling in too. The best thing you can do is to get help fast!

Chestermere Fire Services is trained in Aquatic Rescue (both water and ice). If you witness an emergency call 9-1-1.

Other skating opportunities

The City maintains several outdoor rinks on land and on the Lake. Lake ice is more consistent than storm ponds, since it is not constantly flowing. Parks staff conduct weekly ice measurement at the south end of the Lake, Sunset Park, Anniversary Park and Cove Beach. 

Find out safer skating spots here: