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Naturalized Stormwater Retention Basins

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PDF Icon City of Brandon Naturalized Stormwater Pond Guidelines (6.3 MB)



There are many benefits of Naturalized Stormwater Retention Basins:

  • Treat water quality
  • Lower construction and long term management costs
  • Mitigate invasive species
  • Use science to guide management decisions (adaptive management)


Things to consider

Naturalized Stormwater Retention Basins do have some things to consider:

  • Require collaboration between biologists, engineers, planners, developers and municipal/provincial regulators during the design stage
  • Challenge the status quo of conventional stormwater ponds
  • Each site is unique based on soil composition, topography, and existing drainage patterns
  • Science based approach requires attention to detail and site constraints



  • Establish clear guidelines for naturalization that developers and consultants can follow and understand the importance of plant species ecology, wetland biology, and SRB design requirements
  • Collaborate with the development team when reviewing potential sites
  • Choose site appropriate native plant materials
  • Pre-plan with the right length of time for site commissioning


Public Engagement

The Planning Section led a number of engagement sessions with various stakeholders and community members regarding the Naturalized Stormwater Pond Guidelines from December 2017 to September 2018. The final engagement was a public open house on Tuesday September 25, 2018 at the Brandon Design Studio. You may view the following information from the Open House:

PDF Icon Public Engagement Report (3 MB)

PDF Icon Display Boards (1.32 MB)

PDF Icon Presentation (988 KB)

PDF Icon Handouts (866 KB)


Next Steps

The insight gained in the engagement meetings was valuable in helping us understand what the potential issues are in terms of designing and implementing the ponds. As well, we were able to better understand the concerns of residents. The next step in this project is to present the draft guidelines report, which includes the Public Engagement Report, to Council in October 2018. The public can continue to be involved in this process by attending the council meeting as well as staying in contact with the Planning and Buildings Department regarding the project.  

Should you have any questions about this project, contact Sonikile Tembo, Community Planner, at 204-729-2113 or

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City of Brandon - 410 9th Street - Brandon MB - R7A 6A2 - Phone: 204. 729. 2186