The City of Columbia Heights constructed Jackson Pond in 1965 as a means to control local flooding. Twenty-six flood-prone homes were removed to install it. By 2008, the retaining wall surrounding the pond had almost completely collapsed, and a series of repeated flooding events demonstrated the need for an upgraded retention pond.
The MWMO partnered with the city to co-fund a project to improve both the water-retaining and water-quality capabilities of the pond. The project removed the retaining wall, re-graded the slopes, excavated a stilling basin on the north side of the pond and installed a lift station to provide additional volume control. An underground iron-enhanced filtration system reduces the amount of phosphorus discharged from the site.