Thursday, January 3, 2019

Cutting a Retention Pond

The earth of the north central part of Florida is made up of limestone and sand and zillions of fish parts. That conglomeration works pretty well until we get a lot of rain. If it rains too much, the water is absorbed into the earth and washes away the sand and things begin to tumble in and around each other which often leads to sinkholes which in more extreme cases can swallow houses whole.

One way developers try to avoid such sinkholes is to provide indentations in the earth known as retention ponds - a place into which excess water can drain and thus take pressure off the sinkhole-causing forces. Most of the time these retention ponds are dry. So they need to be cut. This photo shows a young lady cutting a rather large retention pond.

Lately, however, we've had an enormous (for us) amount of rain, and this retention pond along with other retention ponds here at Trilogy have been filled with water. They are now in process of draining and things are returning to normal.


Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Um belo momento fotográfico e aproveito para desejar um Feliz Ano Novo.

Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

RedPat said...

I had no idea that there was a program like that, Lowell!

Sharon said...

We have a lot of these retention areas here too. I think the reason is the same but the conditions are quite different.

William Kendall said...

That makes sense given the issue that crops up there.

Bill said...

Interesting program, I didn't know that. We don't want Florida falling in to a sinkhole. :)

Michelle said...

We try to work the land to avoid the inevitable sinkhole on our farmland, but the karst landscape is unforgiving.

Marleen said...

I never knew this. Interesting!

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson