From the Massachusetts Storm Water Handbook



Wet basins use a permanent pool of water as the primary mechanism to treat stormwater. The pool allows sediments to settle (including fine sediments) & removes soluble pollutants. Wet basins must have sầu additional dry storage capacity lớn control peak discharge rates. Wet basins have a moderate khổng lồ high capacity to lớn remove most urban pollutants, depending on how large the volume of the permanent pool is in relation khổng lồ the runoff from the surrounding watershed.

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Ability to Meet Massachusetts Stormwater Management Standards

2 - Peak FlowCan be designed lớn provide peak flow attenuation.
3 - RechargeProvides no groundwater recharge.
4 - TSS Removal80% TSS removal credit when combined with sediment forebay as pretreatment.
5 - Higher Pollutant LoadingMay be used as treatment BMPhường provided basin bottom is lined and sealed. For some land uses with higher potential pollutant load, may require pretreatment by oil grit separator, svà filter or equivalent prior to discharge to wet basin
6 - Discharges near or lớn Critical AreasDo not use for discharges lớn cold- water fisheries
7 - RedevelopmentNot usually suitable.


Capable of removing both solid & soluble pollutantsCapable of removing nutrients and metalsAesthetically pleasing BMP..Can increase adjacent property values when properly planned & sited.Sediment generally needs lớn be removed less frequently than for other BMPs.Can be used in retrofits


More costly than extended dry detention basins.Larger storage volumes for the permanent pool & flood control require more land area.Infiltration and groundwater recharge is minimal, so runoff volume control is negligible.Moderate lớn high maintenance requirements.Can be used lớn treat runoff from l& uses with higher potential pollutant loads if bottom is lined and sealed.Invasive sầu species control required.

Pollutant Removal Efficiencies

Total Suspended Solids (TSS) 80% with sediment forebayTotal Nitroren 10% to lớn 50%Total Phosphorus 30% lớn 70%Metals (copper, lead, zinch, cadmium)30% to lớn 75%Pathogens (coliform, e coli) 40% lớn 90%


Inspect wet basins to ensure they are operating as designedAt least once a year.
Mow the upper-stage, side slopes, embankment và emergency spillway.At least twice a year.
Cheông chồng the sediment forebay for accumulated sediment, trash, and debris & remove it.

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At least twice a year.
Remove sầu sediment from the basin.As necessary, & at least once every 10 years.

Special Features

MassDEP requires a sediment forebay as pretreatment lớn a wet basin.

LID Alternative

1. Design measures to lớn reduce impervious areas, shrinking the kích cỡ of the wet basin2. Use if LID site design credits for the water chất lượng volume requirement (Stormwater Standard 4)3. Decentralized Stormwater Management System that uses vegetative filter strips khổng lồ direct stormwater runoff to BMPs located throughout the site

Wet Basins

A wet basin may be created by constructing an embankment or excavating a pit. The primary component of a wet basin is the deep, permanent pool, but other components, such as a shallow marsh, may be added to lớn the kiến thiết (see basin/ wetlvà thiết kế in constructed wetlands section). MassDEP.. requires a sediment forebay as pretreatment to lớn a wet basin. The sediment forecất cánh plus the wet basin collectively are credited with an 80% TSS removal rate.The basic operation of a wet basin allows incoming stormwater lớn displace the water present in the pool. This stormwater remains until displaced by runoff from another storm event. Increased retention time allows particulates, including fine sediments, khổng lồ settle out of the water column. The permanent pool also serves khổng lồ protect deposited sediments from resuspending during large storm events. Another advantage of wet basins is the biological activity of algae và fringe wetl& vegetation, which reduces the concentration of soluble pollutants. Wet basins may be designed with a multi-stage outlet structure lớn control peak rate discharges from different thiết kế storms. When properly designed and maintained, wet basins can add recreation, open space, fire protection, wildlife habitat, and aesthetic values khổng lồ a property.


Generally, dry weather base flow and/or large contributing drainage areas are required to maintain pool elevations. The minimum contributing drainage area must be at least đôi mươi acres, but not more than one square mile. Sites with less than đôi mươi acres of contributing drainage area may be suitable only if sufficient groundwater flow is available. Use wet basins at residential, commercial & industrial sites. Because wet basins remove soluble pollutants, they are ideal for sites where nutrient loadings are expected to be high. In such instances, source controls must also be implemented to lớn further reduce nutrient loadings.Investigate soils, depth khổng lồ bedrochồng, and depth to water table before designing a wet basin. At sites where bedroông xã is cđại bại khổng lồ the surface, high excavation costs may make wet ponds infeasible. If the soils on site are relatively permeable or well drained, such as a soil type in Hydrosúc tích Group A (as defined by the Natural Resource Conservation Service), it will be difficult to lớn maintain a permanent pool. In this situation, it may be necessary lớn line the bottom of the wet pond lớn reduce infiltration. Designing wet basins for multiple storms will provide peak rate control. In such instances, thiết kế the upper stages of wet basins to lớn provide temporary storage of larger storms (i.e., 10, 25, and 100-year 24-hr. storms). Wet basins are generally ineffective sầu in controlling the post-development increase in runoff volume, although some infiltration does occur, as well as evaporation in summer months.

Planning Considerations

Evaluate soils & depth to bedroông chồng before designing a wet basin. At sites where bedroông xã is cthua kém to lớn the surface, high excavation costs may make wet basins infeasible. If the soils are permeable (A và B soils), heavy drawdown of the basin may occur during dry periods. In these situations, compact the basin soils or install a liner at the bottom of the basin to minimize the potential for drawdown. Specifications for basin materials include (in order of decreasing costs):6-inch clayPolyvinyl linerBentonite6 inches of silt loam or finer materialTo be effective sầu in reducing peak runoff rates, locate the basin where it can intercept most of the runoff from the site, typically a low elevation that is near freshwater wetlands. Like all stormwater best management practices, wet basins must not be constructed in wetland resource areas other than isolated land subject to flooding, bordering land subject khổng lồ flooding, land subject to coastal storm flowage, and riverfront area. Select a location that can accommodate the need lớn attenuate peak discharge rates without adversely impacting nearby wetlvà resources.It is preferable lớn create the wet basin by excavating a pit below the grade of land. When this is not feasible, an earthern embankment can be created. Embankments or dams created lớn store more than 15 acre-feet, or that are more than 6 feet high, are under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Office of Dam Safety và must be constructed, inspected, và maintained according lớn DCR guidelines.


See the following for complete design references:Wet Extended Detention Pond Design: Step by Step Design. 1995. Claytor.Volume & geometry are the critical parameters in a wet basin design; the relationship of the volume in the permanent pool lớn the contributing runoff volume directly affects pollutant removal rates. Generally, bigger is better; however, after a certain threshold level, increasing the pool form size results in only marginal increases in pollutant removal. The permanent pool must be sized at a minimum lớn hold twice the water chất lượng volume (this is equivalent to a VB/VR of 2) when a wet basin is designed to provide peak rate attenuation in addition to lớn water unique treatment.The peak rate volume is an additional volume above sầu the permanent pool. The permanent pool volume must not be counted as part of the volume devoted to storage associated with peak rate attenuation. When designing a wet basin to lớn also accommodate peak rate attenuation, a multiple stage outlet must be included as part of the design.Make the minimum contributing drainage area at least 20 acres, but no more than one square mile. Sites with less than ten acres of contributing drainage area may be suitable if sufficient groundwater flow is available to maintain the permanent wet pool.Pool depth is an important kiến thiết factor, especially for sediment deposition. Use an average pool depth of 3 lớn 6 feet. Settling column studies and modeling analyses show that shallow basins remove more solids than deeper ones. However, resuspension of settled materials by wind action might be a problem in shallow basins that are less than two feet deep.

Wet Basin Design Criteria

Maximum Drainage area>trăng tròn acres unless sufficient groundwater flow
Permanent Pool Volume>2 x WQv (equivalent khổng lồ Vb/Vr ratio of 2)
Minimum Pool Surface Area>0.25 acres
Minimum Length lớn Width Ratio>3:1
Mean Permanent Pool Depth3 to lớn 6 feet
Maximum Permanent Pool Depth8 feet
Maximum Pool Slopes15 feet
Perimeter Vegetative sầu Buffer>25 feet
Sediment ForebayRequired (not included in wet basin sizing)
Pool Drain (for maintenance purposes)Required maximum pool drain time: 40 hours
Depths greater than eight feet may cause thermal stratification. Stratified pools tend lớn become anoxic (low or no oxygen) more often than shallower ponds. If possible, vary depths throughout the basin.Providing deeper pools can provide fish habitat. It may be advantageous to lớn introduce fish to the wet basins lớn reduce mosquilớn breeding. When designing wet basins lớn support fish, a fisheries biologist should be consulted. Fish habitat features may include trees khổng lồ provide shading over the deeper depths. Selection of trees should be done carefully to avoid embankment or sidewall failure.Use intermittent benches around the perimeter of the basin for safety and khổng lồ promote vegetation. Design the safety bench to be at least ten feet wide & above normal pool elevations. Make the aquatic bench at least ten feet wide and maintain depths of 12 to lớn 18 inches at normal elevations to support aquatic vegetation. Shallow depths near the inlet will concentrate sediment deposition in a smaller, more accessible area. Deeper depths near the outlet will yield cooler bottom water discharges that may mitigate downstream thermal effects.Use a minimum pool surface area of 0.25 acres. Enhance the performance of the wet basin by enlarging the surface area to lớn increase volume, instead of deepening the pool, although this increases water temperatures & evaporation rates. The original design of wet basin depths và volumes should take inkhổng lồ tài khoản the gradual accumulation of sediment. Accumulating sediment in the pool will decrease storage volume và reduce pollutant removal efficiency.MassDEPhường. requires a sediment forebay lớn pretreat stormwater before it enters the wet basin. Forebays trap sediment before the runoff enters the primary pool, effectively enhancing removal rates and minimizing long-term operation and maintenance problems. Removing sediment from the forecất cánh is easier & less costly than from the wet basin pool, so kiến thiết sediment forebays for ease of maintenance. Hard bottom forebays make sediment removal easier. Make forebays accessible by heavy machinery khổng lồ faciltate maintenance.To avoid reducing the pollutant removal capability and lớn maximize travel distance, locate the inflow points as far from the outlet structure as possible. To maximize stormwater tương tác and retention time in the pool, use a length to width ratio of at least 3:1.Set the invert elevation of the inlet pipe at or below the surface of the permanent pool, preferably within one foot of the pool. Pipes discharging above sầu the pool can erode the banks and side slopes. Design all inflow points with riprap or other energy dissipators khổng lồ reduce inflow velocities.Establish wetl& vegetation on the aquatic bench to enhance the removal of soluble nutrients, facilitate sediment trapping, prevent sediment resuspension, provide wildlife and waterfowl habitat, and conceal trash & debris that may accumulate near the outlet. Six lớn eighteen inches of water depth are needed for wetl& vegetation growth.Make the slopes of the pools no steeper than 3:1. Flatter slopes help to lớn prsự kiện ngân hàng erosion during larger storms và facilitate routine ngân hàng maintenance tasks, such as mowing. Flat slopes also provide for public safety, & allow easier access. In addition, thiết kế the sides of the pool that extend below the safety và aquatic benches lớn the bottom of the pool at a slope that will remain stable, usually no steeper than 2:1 (horizontal lớn vertical).Design the invert of the wet basin outlet pipe lớn convey stormwater from approximately one foot below the pool surface & khổng lồ discharge inlớn the riser in the pond embankment. To prsự kiện clogging, install trash racks or hoods on the riser.To facilitate access for maintenance, install the riser within the embankment. Place anti-seep collars or filter & drainage diaphragms on the outlet barrel to prevent seepage & pipe failure. Make the vital parts of the structure accessible lớn maintenance personnel during normal & emergency conditions. Install a bottom drainpipe to lớn allow complete draining of the wet basin in case of emergencies or for routine maintenance.Fit both the outlet pipe và the bottom drain pipe with adjustable valves at the outer kết thúc of the outlet khổng lồ permit adjustment of the detention time, if necessary.To prevent scour at the outlet, install a flow transition structure, such as a lined apron or plunge pad, khổng lồ absorb the initial impact of the flow and reduce the velocity to a màn chơi that will not erode the receiving channel or area.Design embankments & spillways lớn conkhung with DCR Dam Safety regulations, if applicable. All wet basins must have an emergency spillway capable of bypassing runoff from large storms without damaging the impounding structure.Provide an access way for maintenance, with a minimum width of 15 feet & a ma ximum slope of 15%, by public or private right-of-way. Equipment that will be used for maintenance must be capable of using this access-way. This access should extover to lớn the forebay, safety bench, & outf low structure and should never cross the emergency spillway, unless the spillway has been designed for that purpose. Place vegetative buffers around the perimeter of the wet basin to control erosion & remove sầu additional sediment and nutrients. The vegetative sầu buffer must be at least 33 feet (10 meters). Vegetation must be designed to prevent the introduction of invasive species.


Inspect wet basins at least once per year khổng lồ ensure they are operating as designed. Inspect the outlet structure for evidence of clogging or excessive outflow releases. Potential problems khổng lồ kiểm tra include: subsidence, erosion, cracking or tree growth on the embankment, damage to lớn the emergency spillway, sediment accumulation around the outlet, inadequacy of the inlet/outlet channel erosion control measures, changes in the condition of the pilot channel, erosion within the basin & banks, and the emergence of invasive sầu species. Make any necessary repairs immediately. During inspections, note any changes lớn the wet basin or the contributing watershed area because these may affect basin performance. At least twice a year, mow the upper-stage, side slopes, embankment và emergency spillway. At this time, also kiểm tra the sediment forebay for accumulated material, sediment, trash, and debris và remove sầu it. Remove sediment from the basin as necessary, & at least once every 10 years. Providing an on on-site sediment disposal area will reduce the overall sediment removal costs.


Galli, J. 1990, Thermal Impacts Associated with Urbanization and Stormwater Best Management Practices. Prepared for theMarylvà Department of Environment, Baltimore, MD, by the Metropolitung Council of Governments, Washington, D.C.
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