CA Construction General Permit & Stormwater Plan Essentials Navigating the California Construction General Permit and SWPPP Compliance With ComplianceGo The California Construction General Permit, also known as the California CGP, is a key regulatory requirement for construction sites that displace soil or involve land clearing. Understanding the intricacies of the permit, its compliance requirements, and […]
Understanding MS4 Permit Training Requirements Every MS4 permit is slightly different, but they all follow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. This means that all MS4 permits include instructions and requirements on the Minimum Control Measures (MCM). For MS4s that fall under the small MS4 permits, there are 6 Minimum Control Measures that must be
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
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
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
Common Questions on the MS4 Stormwater Inspection Form Municipal inspections nationwide are beginning to be the norm for permitted sites discharging stormwater that have 1 acre or greater of disturbance or are part of a common plan of development. Below are 8 common questions often part of a comprehensive regulatory MS4 inspection report. Is the