The primary purpose of many ponds in Apple Valley is to collect stormwater runoff (rain and snow melt) and reduce the risk of flooding. The City performs inspections of stormwater ponds on about a 5-year cycle to make sure that ponds function as designed. The City does not manage ponds for aesthetic purposes.
Property owners with ponds may choose to enhance ponds for aesthetics or recreation purposes if allowed by City ordinance or State law. Below is a description of common pond questions and suggestions for improvement.