I requested some data from staff on where potentially dangerous stormwater ponds are in Rochester. Staff did a little digging produced this image of ponds deeper that 5 feet.
Stormwater ponds are necessary to treat pollution and prevent flooding and there is no such thing as a “perfectly safe” stormwater pond. Based on this list and input from citizens I then looked for a repeat of the tragic situation that happened in St. Louis Park. In that case a deep storm water pond with no guardrail could be accessed from roadway if a car were to go straight instead of turning.
Further investigation revealed that there were very few situation in the area where a storm water pond was on the outside of a turning radius. In situations where this does occur I always found that there was a guardrail in place. This is good. Of course there are any number of places where someone could turn and drive into a pond, but that is a little less likely and speed is probably not so great that you would enter the deep water.
Nothing is ever perfectly safe, but at does at least appear that Rochester does not contain the same pond design that contributed to the sad deaths in St. Louis Park. If you know of a place that I might have missed please let me know.