As part of Brooklyn Grange's mission to create diverse ecological sites, water features are highly recommended if site conditions allow. Ponds, whether incorporated into ground level gardens or on green roofs, may host an array of plants, aid in developing an ecologically rich environment for wildlife, as well as enhance the beauty of a landscaped space. Additionally, water features may be designed to serve as storm water retention features, directing excess overflow to surrounding vegetation and exposing a gravel bed as water evaporates during dry spells. Incorporating a water feature into a design can set a project apart as well as help to move ecological and innovative design forward.