Protect your business, your clients and your reputation by installing and maintaining construction site stormwater best management practices (BMPs) properly.
You’ll not only avoid fines and work stoppages, you’ll be protecting the waterways your community depends on, and earning a well deserved reputation.
EPA CONSTRUCTION SITE STORMWATER RUNOFF CONTROL BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES (BMPs) BELOW:
- Minimize Clearing.
- Minimize the amount of exposed soil.
- Identify and protect areas where existing vegetation, such as trees, will not be disturbed by construction activity.
- Protect streams, stream buffers, wild woodlands, wetlands.or other sensitive areas from any disturbance or construction activity by fencing or otherwise clearly marlking these areas.
- Sequence construction activities so that the soil is not exposed for long periods of time.
- Schedule or limit grading to small areas.
- Install key sediment control practices before site grading begins.
- Schedule site stabilization, such as landscaping, to be completed immediately after the land has been graded to its final contour.
- Protect and install vegetative buffers along waterbodies to slow and filter stormwater runoff.
- Maintain buffers by mowing or replanting periodically to ensure their effectiveness.
- Vegetate, mulch, or otherwise stabilize all exposed areas as soon as land alterations have been completed.
- Use rock or other appropriate material to cover the storm drain inlet to filter out trash and debris.
- Make sure the rock size is appropriate (usually 1 to 2 inches in diameter).
- If you use inlet filters, maintain them regularly.
- Cover or seed all dirt stockpiles.
- Rough grade or terrace slopes.
- Break up long slopes with sediment barriers, or under drain, or divert stormwater away from slopes.
- Remove mud and dirt from the tires of construction vehicles before they enter a paved roadway.
- Properly size entrance BMPs for all anticipated vehicles.
- Make sure that the construction entrance does not become buried in soil.
- Inspect and maintain silt fences after each rainstorm.
- Make sure the bottom of the silt fence is buried in the ground.
- Securely attach the material to the stakes.
- Don’t place silt fences in the middle of a waterway or use them as a check dam.
- Make sure stormwater is not flowing around the silt fence.