Stormwater ponds play an important role in our environment and are beautiful to look at. They are part of our wastewater handling system and may not be suitable for recreation. Get informed about Stormwater Ponds so you can keep yourself and your family safe.

Stay Safe! 

  • Fluctuating water levels and poor water quality makes swimming or wading dangerous.
  • Non-motorized watercraft may be hand-launched from approved boat launches only. The County Sportsplex Pond is currently the only approved boat launch on a stormwater pond.

Stay off the ice! 

  • Ice on storm ponds is weaker due to washed away road salts and other solvents.
  • Water levels change rapidly which makes skating and other winter activities dangerous.
  • Safe designated neighbourhood ice surfaces are located in parks and greenspaces throughout the County.

Do not release fish into the water!

  • Never release fish (not even goldfish!), pond water or plants into bodies of water.
  • Introduced species can become invasive as they displace native species through competition for limited resources and the spread of disease.
  • These negative effects can be far reaching as storm ponds ultimately end up in local creeks and rivers.
  • To practice your catch and release angling, visit the County Sportsplex Pond, which is stocked with indigenous trout species and is suitable for this type of recreation.

Learn more by watching this video from Strathcona County about Stormwater ponds and safety.