DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — DeKalb County has launched a program to enhance maintenance of the county’s 950 stormwater drainage ponds. 

Over the next year, contractors will use $2 million to mow vegetation, repair fences, remove trees and restore ponds to maximum efficiency. 

“The pond maintenance program is the first step in a $50 million effort to address critical issues in the stormwater system,” County CEO Michael Thurmond said.

Stormwater drainage ponds collect diverted rain runoff from impervious surfaces, such as roof tops and parking lots.

“Enhancing the pond maintenance schedule will increase the system’s efficiency to mitigate standing water, help control mosquitoes and prevent erosion,” DeKalb County Public Works Director Rick Lemke said.

Drainage Pond one

An overgrown stormwater drainage pond. 

DeKalb County’s pond inventory ranges in size from 500 square feet to more than 10 acres. Previously, DeKalb was able to service approximately 150 ponds annually, but with the new funding, is on track to complete restoration and maintenance of 350 through 2020. 

The county’s pond inventory is ranked by tier to indicate the level of work required. 

Drainage pond 2

The same location after maintenance is complete. 

DeKalb County manages three water systems, including drinking water, wastewater and stormwater. Since 2017, DeKalb County has improved these systems and customer service by releasing 37,000 previously held water bills, installing more than 18,000 new water meters, upgrading the Scott Candler water treatment plant with an $11 million project, rehabilitating nearly 150,000 linear feet of sewer pipes and procuring nearly $135 million in contracts for sewer improvements.

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