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         At times, blockages can occur, which can cause undesired   streets and swales is normal during heavy
      flooding conditions and roads to become impassable. Many   rains. Streets and swales are an integral part
      stormwater blockages in streets occur due to clogged storm   of the stormwater system. If during or after a
      sewer inlets. If there is an inlet in the street adjacent to your   rain event you arrive upon a roadway where
      home, residents are asked to keep this drain clear of all   you cannot determine the depth of the water in
      obstructions including leaves, grass and debris. Debris at   the street – for your own safety – do not drive
      storm sewer inlets also build up after a storm event, which   down the street. Find an alternate route. Cars
      is a good time to check the inlet to make sure that the system   can lose traction in as little as 6 inches of water.
      will work well in the next storm.                 If you are not sure of how deep the water is,
      Swales                                            turn around.
         Chances are if you’ve lived in South Florida long enough,      NPDES tip:  It  is  important  to  never
      you’ve heard at least one person use the word “swale.”   dump any debris, including but not limited to
      A swale is a graded and engineered grassy area of land   landscape waste, garbage or chemicals into a
      appearing as a linear, shallow, open channel, that stretches   storm sewer inlet. While bulky materials can
      from the edge of the sidewalk in front of homes (or the   cause flooding, chemicals and other wastes that are dumped   which threaten fish and wildlife and pollute the water. Please
      property line if there is no sidewalk) to the edge of the street.   into a storm sewer eventually drain into lakes and canals,   check our website for information regarding illegal dumping.
      Swales are typically vegetated with flood tolerant, erosion
      resistant plants. Swales are one of the most commonly used
      stormwater practices. For many years, swales have been used
      to direct runoff from rural highways and residential streets.
      Today, swales not only direct stormwater but also help filter
      runoff and reduce pollutants.
         A swale slows down the rapid flow of stormwater runoff
      by ponding water between its sloping sides, often called
      berms. The ponding not only slows the rate of flow but allows
      pollutants to settle out of the water. Ponding facilitates water
      quality improvements through infiltration, filtration and
      sedimentary deposition. Collected stormwater is expected
      to drain away through the soil within several hours or days.
      When the swale becomes full, the cleaner surface water will
      spill over the berm and slowly run into a local water body.
      Eventually, the remaining ponded water will either evaporate
      or infiltrate into the soil.
         Here are some ways to maintain proper swales:
         • Let water pond. Runoff should temporarily pond in the                                                      • Screen Doors & Window Screens
      swale for 24 to 36 hours, sometimes even up to 72 hours.                                                        • Hardware Repacement
         • Mow the swale but keep it at a good grass growth. Tall                                                     • Impact/Non-Impact Glass
      grass slows water movement.                                                                                     • Custom Frameless Showers
         • Remove and compost leaves and grass clippings from
         • Minimize the use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides
      within 50 feet of a swale.
         • Do not pile garbage, trash, leaves, limbs or garden                                                 561-653-0100
      debris in swales – this adds pollutants which can wash into
      downstream waters.
         • Do not pave the swale — this reduces the filtration and                                                                Buy 1 & Get The 2nd
      infiltration of runoff.                                                                                                      $
         • Do not park vehicles in the swale— this compacts the                                                                      50 OFF
      soil so less runoff soaks in. It also destroys the vegetation
      in the swale that is needed to filter the pollutants out of the                                                            Bear Industry Screen
         • Do not alter the design of the swale. Any changes will           8/12/21.                8/12/21.               8/12/21.               8/12/21.
      require a permit as they may affect drainage.
         As we approach the rainy season in South Florida, it
      is important to keep in mind that some standing water in

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