Is our ground water table generally low? Will it make a difference for people closer to the lake than those further from it?

The city's ground water is historically low. Ground water varies based on soil types. Soils from farming areas are generally higher due to these soils designed with more air to retain water. Soils used for housing and buildings are designed to be denser where water is not able to "sit". That rain water is then designed to be diverted to the street drains. 

The city has several detention basins and maintains the land drain system once they are in the public streets. The city crews have already started the cleanup of debris left at our storm drains from the winter season and will continue to maintain and inspect the systems to ensure they are operating properly. 

Roads are designed with subbase soils to allow for water to pass through and with consideration to the freeze/thaw cycles to prevent and reduce damage to the asphalt layer. With the majority of roadway erosion being from water intrusion through the pavement surface,  proper maintenance and management of drainage systems and underlying soil conditions is crucial to prevent erosion and collapse.

The city is part of the state Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program adhering to the state’s regulations of operations and maintenance of infrastructure that gathers and moves stormwater runoff from urban areas. It consists of a network of channels, pipes, and other structures designed to manage stormwater and prevent pollution from entering the state's waterways.

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1. Is Vineyard in a floodplain?
2. Will the groundwater table rise and flood homes close to the lake?
3. Can you explain groundwater levels and what that means for wells and basements?
4. Should residents close to the lake be concerned with water tables rising with historic snowpack levels? The lake levels are low, but do we see this being an issue?
5. What systems are in place that help with flood potential? How do detention ponds, land drains, underground channels, etc. mitigate flood potential?
6. Does Vineyard have sandbags available to residents?
7. From the city engineer standpoint, what level of concern might exist for the water table rising significantly, leading to flooding basements? Should our residents be concerned about this?
8. Is our ground water table generally low? Will it make a difference for people closer to the lake than those further from it?
9. How will those with septic tanks be affected by potential flooding?
10. Will we experience cracks or aging due to poorly maintained pipes being inundated with rising water?
11. How has the City staff prepared for potential flooding impacts?
12. Will our pavement suffer?
13. Will trees suffer as the soil becomes soupier, starving their roots of oxygen?
14. Is there anything Vineyard residents should know about ASRs?