The construction industry plays an important role in improving our community’s quality of life by not only providing new development, but also protecting our streams and rivers through smart business practices that prevent pollution from leaving the construction sites.
Stormwater runoff leaving construction sites can carry pollutants such as dirt, construction debris oil, and paint off-site and into storm drains. In our community, storm drains carry storm water directly to local creeks, streams, and rivers with no treatment.
Developers, contractors, and homebuilders can help to prevent stormwater pollution by taking the following steps:
Planning and permitting requirements exist for construction activities. These requirements are intended to minimize storm water pollutants leaving construction sites. Proper planning allows for proper budgeting for the life of the project. Proper installation and maintenance of erosion and storm water controls is essential to a plan that works.
Plans such as erosion and sediment control plans and storm water pollution prevention plans are important tools for outlining the erosion control and pollution prevention practices that you will use to manage stormwater runoff prior to breaking ground.
Training for on-site staff helps to ensure the proper installation and maintenance of erosion controls and pollution prevention practices. Inspect controls and management techniques regularly to ensure they are working, especially after storm events. If polluted storm water is leaving the site, you may need to repair or add additional storm water controls.