These areas around storm water ponds are intended to have a natural landscape that serves several important purposes:
- The vegetation provides a layer of protection for the water, consuming harmful nutrients (such as fertilizer runoff) before they reach the water surface and contribute to algae formation.
- The vegetation prevents erosion from compromising the slopes of the pond.
- The vegetation creates a uniform landscape along the sides of the pond, providing an aesthetic amenity for the neighborhood.
- The vegetation provides a natural habitat shelter for waterfowl.
For these reasons, property owners are encouraged to leave the buffers around storm ponds in their natural state.