How to be SWPPP Compliant with On-Site Storage Fertilizers Where fertilization is necessary, always follow these restrictions: Apply the fertilizer according to the manufacturer’s specifications.Apply at the appropriate time of the year.Avoid fertilizer use prior to heavy rain.Never apply fertilizer to frozen ground.Never apply to conveyance channels with flowing water.Be sure to sweep off sidewalks […]
How to Handle Dangerous Substances on Site Oils, Vehicle Maintenance, and Fluids When the construction site has fuels, oils, and vehicle maintenance fluids on site, there are specific stormwater BMPs and SWPPP regulations that should be followed: Ensure BMP specifications are included in the StormWater Pollution Prevention Plan, or SWPPP, for oil and fuel storage
Improper Chemical Handling Can Lead to Environmental Damage Environmental damage is completely avoidable with the right planning and tools. We will discuss chemical treatments as a needed erosion control BMP and what resources to consult when using them. Chemical Treatments Treatment chemicals should only be used if conventional BMPs are ineffective to protect against erosion.
Ways to Prevent Erosion and Sedimentation Stormwater Conveyances and Sediment Basins Preventing erosion and sedimentation is not as hard as it sounds. We will discuss some ideas below: Stormwater conveyance channels are used to direct water properly and to avoid unstabilized areas. They are designed and installed to minimize erosion. Conveyance channels should use velocity
Why It’s So Important to Pick Up Your Trash Waste Management Managing waste products is a concern on any site. Waste products can cause significant pollution if they escape into a water body. Any receptacles you use need to protect waste from both water and wind to prevent them from escaping. This is often done
How to Handle Toxic Substances Commonly Found on Construction Sites Concrete, Paint, and Stucco Concrete, Paint, and Stucco, if introduced into a waterbody, can cause serious issues with a waterbody. Some of the impacts include: Increased turbidityIncreased toxicityHigh (alkaline) pH levelsReduced oxygen levels If these materials are washed onto the soil, these impacts can still
Why Inlet Protection Can’t be the First Line of Defense Storm Drain Inlet Protection According to just about every permit there is, storm drains must be protected. Most permits require a combination of sediment and erosion controls to prevent sediment and pollutants from reaching storm drains. The idea is that storm drain inlet protection is
How Dirt Affects SWPPP Compliance Dust Controls, Preserving Topsoil, and Minimizing Soil Compaction Dust control consists of things such as: the use of water truckslimiting access to the siteslowing the speed of vehiclesminimizing work in high windsslowing the dumping of materialspreventing trackingpreserving vegetationcovering stockpilesthe use of wind fences Where dust is a concern, you should
Is Your Sediment Control SWPPP Compliant? The best way to prevent pollution from sedimentation is to keep the dirt where it is. If the dirt doesn’t move, it can’t pollute. Perimeter and Sediment Controls Perimeter controls are BMPs that are used where stormwater from disturbed areas is likely to leave the perimeter of the site.
Do You Know What the Cheapest BMP is? The cheapest and often most effective BMP for SWPPP compliance is to use the natural vegetation that surrounds the area under construction. It will help you stay compliant and efficient with minimal effort! Here are some of the best ways to utilize natural vegetation as a BMP