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Are these artificial wetlands?

  • 16-02-2014 8:17pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 4,263 ✭✭✭


    Driving along the motorway and these are dotted along, all fenced off..

    My first thoughts are that they are artificial wetlands... am I correct or mistaken?

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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭sawdoubters




  • Registered Users Posts: 1,560 ✭✭✭Prenderb


    Probably just attenuation ponds - filling up in times of wet weather and providing a reservoir for surface water collected off the road. The outlet from the pond restricts the outflow to the surrounding drain/stream/river to a rate it can handle (called the greenfield rate, based on the water runoff rate from the land before the road was built), hence the need for a reservoir as it backs up during rainfall. HTH!


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,102 ✭✭✭hi5


    A couple along the M9 seem to have been turned into wildlife sanctuaries, saw a goat in one of them. Nice to see ducks and swans on them though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,248 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    hi5 wrote: »
    A couple along the M9 seem to have been turned into wildlife sanctuaries, saw a goat in one of them. Nice to see ducks and swans on them though.

    Yea there's a few along the M9 between Castledermot and Kilcullen alright. Lord knows that stretch needs drainage in the wet, I'm always uneasy on it in the rain.


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