General | SWPPP | Phase II | Urban Stormwater Management
BMPs | Low Impact Development | TMDL
Associated General Contractors of America Environmental Services [AGC of America, Website]
AGC provides environmental information, networking opportunities and effective advocacy for construction professionals. AGC publishes on-point articles and fact sheets on key environmental actions, deadlines, requirements and initiatives that may impact the construction industry. AGC organizes an annual Contractors Environmental Conference and holds educational webinars on hot topics. In addition, AGC regularly disseminates environmental news via social media on Twitter (@AGCEnvironment). AGC sponsors and contributes to the Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center, which is the association’s “go-to” resource on federal and state environmental requirements that affect construction activities. AGC advocates on behalf of its members in the regulatory and legislative arenas. AGC invites its members to join its Environmental Forum to stay informed, connect and take action on critical issues.
EPA Stormwater Website (http://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater)
Environmental Requirements for Construction [EPA]
This guide provides information on federal environmental requirements for construction
projects. It is written primarily for owners of construction projects and
for general contractors who supervise construction projects. Subcontractors
also may find the information useful. The companion MYER Guide provides much
of Water Effluent Guidelines: Construction and Development website [EPA,
web page has links to effluent guidelines proposed rules for construction and development.
Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities (MYER) - A Planning Guide for
Construction and Development This document explains in detail the environmental
obligations that construction companies can face across the various federal
laws (stormwater, air, wetlands, waste...). Use it to factor in costs
during the bidding process, assign responsibilities and use the checklists
Manager's Resource Center [Stormwater Management
Resource Center, Website]
The Stormwater Manager's Resource Center is designed specifically for
stormwater practitioners, local government officials and others that
technical assistance on stormwater management issues. Created and maintained
by the Center for Watershed Protection, the SMRC has everything you
to know about stormwater in a single site.
Road and Transportation Builders Association Environmental Committee
website [ARTBA, Website]
provides information to assist with compliance with new and existing
requirements from final federal
statutory, regulatory and administrative actions.
Erosion Control Association [IECA, Website]
The International Erosion Control Association is a non-profit, member
organization that provides education, resource information and business
opportunities for professionals in the erosion and sediment control industry.
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Compliance Inspection
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Compliance Inspection
Manual provides guidance on NPDES inspections of wastewater treatment plants,
storm water industrial and construction sites, pretreatment facilities,
biosolids handling and treatment facilities, Concentrated Animal Feeding
Operations (CAFOs), municipal wastewater collection systems (combined and
separate from storm water) as well as pollution prevention and multimedia
concerns. These procedures are fundamental to the NPDES compliance program
and provide inspectors with a method for conducting inspections.
Pollution Prevention Plans
BMP Locator. Use this unique CICA on-line tool to locate instructions and specifications for construction stormwater best management practices (BMPs) published by EPA and state agencies.
The Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC) consists of a broad range of professions and specialties, including site engineers, consultants, regulatory agencies,earthwork and seeding contractors, erosion control product suppliers and manufacturers. The most rapidly growing segments within the industry include the Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECPs), Hydraulic Erosion Control Products (HECPs) and Sediment Retention Fiber Rolls (SRFRs) markets.
Menu of BMPs
Site containing over 120 BMP fact sheets on all stormwater program areas
EPA’s Construction Site Runoff Control Menu of BMPs
Links to 39 fact sheets outlining various IDDE best management practices.
EPA has prepared a detailed guidance manual (Stormwater Management for Construction Activities: Developing Pollution Prevention Plans and Best Management Practices) that provides detailed guidance on the identification of best management practices (BMPs) for construction activities and development of storm water pollution prevention plans (SWPPP). It includes a set of worksheets, a checklist, and a sample SWPPP.
Construction and Management Practices. AASHTO Center for
Environmental Excellence presents a compendium of environmental
stewardship practices in construction and maintenance, developed
from the literature, state transportation agency manuals and
procedures, and the contributions of state DOTs and practitioners.
The best practices herein serve as a guide to the development
of Environmental Management Systems and environmental strategic
plans both on the organizational level and in specific functional
areas. Practices can also serve as foundational elements for
individual environmental guidance resources that DOTs may develop.
Quality Association (CASQA). The California
Stormwater Best Management Practice Handbook has provide
guidance to the stormwater community. Their handbooks
reflect the current
practices, standards, and significant amount of knowledge gained
since the early 90s about the effectiveness of BMPs. Search
the BMPs database by selecting constituent criteria
or a keyword.
New Jersey: Best Management Practices for Control
Nonpoint Source Pollution from Stormwater [NJDEP,
Handbook of Best Management Practices for Developing Areas [PA DEP, Document]
This non-regulatory handbook features thirty-seven (37) water
quality and wildlife habitat-improving practices that can be
to develop site plans to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania
regulations for erosion control and local stormwater control
Stormwater Best Management Practice Database [Urban
Water Resources Research Council, Website]
This database is a centralized clearinghouse of BMP data and information, that will help developers, builders, engineers, and planners improve BMP selection and design and ultimately lead to advances in stormwater management. The database provides a public platform for sharing information on BMPs and assists water quality professionals in choosing effective solutions for their situation based on previous studies and proven methods. It contains searchable information on more than 200 studies, including test site locations, researchers, design parameters, watershed characteristics, costs, and precipitation and flow data. In addition to the database, the website offers a variety of tools and information. Key features include summaries of BMP performance by type (e.g. retention pond, biofilter), monitoring guidance, interpretive reports, and background documentation. New features and studies are continually being added. The database is managed by the Water Environment Research Foundation with the assistance of the American Society of Civil Engineers and other organizations.
State University Stormwater Control Resources. Under
an EPA funded grant, Montana State University has developed
on-line tools to assist contractors in the installation,
evaluation and enhancement of stormwater BMPs in the Northern
Rocky Mountains. This resource includes The Graphic Guide – an
animated and interactive tutorial covering the basics and
critical points of stormwater BMPs and Resource Library – a
searchable stormwater manual and index of annotated case
study photos with captions.
Green Infrastructure. Green infrastructure is a cost effective and environmentally friendly approach to reduce stormwater and other excess flows entering combined or separate sewer systems. Green infrastructure is a way to protect surface waters and drinking water supplies, reduce drinking water and stormwater treatment costs, reduce urban heat island impacts, and provide more sustainable water resource management systems.
Impact Development (LID): A Literature Review
A literature review was conducted to determine the availability
and reliability of data to assess the effectiveness of low impact
development (LID) practices for controlling stormwater runoff volume
and reducing pollutant loadings to receiving waters.
Low Impact Development Center, Inc. website
Provides information to stormwater Phase II communities on integrating low impact development (LID) strategies into their compliance programs.
and the Construction Industry Poster - Great for construction
sites of all sizes! You can print this poster on 11x17 paper. Side one [PDF Format] of this informative poster illustrates
proper installation of common sediment and erosion control practices
(best management practices). Side two [PDF Format] describes the process for developing
and implementing a stormwater pollution prevention plan and obtaining
permit coverage. The complete 30x40
poster [PDF Format] is
also available. May
be customized. Download
the images used for this poster. EPA 833-H-03-001
Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and Stormwater. EPA web page that links to numerous resources for developing stormwater-source TMDLs and implementing then in NPDES Permits.