How Construction Workers Can Stop Storm Water Pollution

Construction sites can result in the discharge of significant amounts of sediment and other pollutants. Because of this, a well thought out Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is key in controlling runoff and sediment while also minimizing erosion.

As part of this plan, Best Management Practices or BMPs describe the controls and activities used in storm water pollution prevention. BMPs can be divided into two categories:

  1. Structural BMPs: These include silt fences, sedimentation ponds, erosion control blankets, and temporary or permanent seeding
  2. Nonstructural BMPs: These include picking up trash and debris, sweeping up nearby sidewalks and streets, maintaining equipment, and training site staff on erosion and sediment control practices.

Furthermore, most SWPPPs are more than just suggested practices; they are actually written documents describing each step of a construction sites pollution prevention and implementation. These plans include:

• Descriptions of the site

• Major phases of the planned activity

•Roles and responsibilities of contractors and subcontractors

• Inspection schedules and logs

•A place to document changes and modifications to the construction plans

•Associated storm water pollution prevention activities

The Clean Water Act and Associated Federal Regulations (Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations)

These regulations require all construction site operators performing clearing, grading, and excavating to obtain coverage under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for their storm water discharges.

If you have any questions about Storm Water Runoff and Pollution Prevention or if you have a construction project that you need completed right the first time, please contact Reliable Contracting by calling 410-987-0313 or visit our website.

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Developing Your Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan

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