Implementing Stormwater Control Practices At Construction Sites

Construction sites, commercial and residential, are the main source of soil erosion and sediment runoff. Runoff and erosion that is large can lead to major problems in our water system.

These substances can be harmful once they reach our waterways. To ensure that your construction site complies with regulations, you must follow a few stormwater pollution prevention strategies if you are planning to start or have already begun.

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1. Before you start, you need to create and implement a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan or Erosion & Sediment Control Plan.

The plan should detail soil stabilization measures, perimeter control, storage options, and stormwater management practices you will use during construction.

2. It is essential to create a post-construction plan to determine how your construction site will manage and be maintained to reduce stormwater runoff.

3. It is crucial to be aware of any sediment your vehicle may leave behind on paved surfaces, whether they are public or private. It must be swept up immediately, and not washed or flushed. A temporary stabilized entrance to the construction site can be constructed to minimize debris tracking.

4. Dust can be an issue depending on where you are building. A water truck can be used to spray water on your site to control dust from heavy winds that carry dust and debris. Avoid spraying too much water as this can cause runoff.

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