Claringbould Water Retention

~2 miles South of Ridgeville; tributary to the Main Drain and Roseau River


  • Reduces flooding downstream
  • Reduces nutrient loading to the Roseau River
  • Increases aquatic and wildlife habitat
  • Builds on-farm resiliency to climate change
  • Increases carbon storage


  • 12 acre feet* of storage at peak capacity
  • Maximum storage depth of 1.2 m
  • Open culvert allows passive flow through the berm
  • Rock reinforced spillway ensures the structure can handle high flows

*an acre foot of water is equivalent to having water spread 1 ft deep across 1 acre of land

Project Overview

Due to the natural shape of the land the Claringbould water site is ideal for retention. A berm was placed across the creek channel. A culvert allows low flow to pass unhindered and the large rock-reinforced spillway accommodates high flow.  The retention reduces flooding across the municipal road during times of peak flow.