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    Federal 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 more detail.

    Office of Water Effluent Guidelines: Construction and Development Web Site [EPA, Website]
    This 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 to self-audit.

    Stormwater 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 need technical assistance on stormwater management issues. Created and maintained by the Center for Watershed Protection, the SMRC has everything you need to know about stormwater in a single site.

    Associated General Contractors of America Environmental Services Web Site [AGC of America, Website]
    The COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE page provides information on air quality standards, transportation conformity requirements, storm water management, wetland preservation, endangered species protection, hazardous waste cleanup, toxic chemical requirements, and much more. AGC publishes frequent newsletter articles, bulletins, and fact sheets to notify its chapters and members about key environmental actions, deadlines, requirements, directives, and policies that may impact the construction industry.  (In order to access some resources found on this website you must be a member of the Associated General Contractors of America.)

    American Road and Transportation Builders Association Environmental Committee Web Site [ARTBA, Website]
    The web site provides information to assist with compliance with new and existing requirements from final federal statutory, regulatory and administrative actions.

    International 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.

    National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Compliance Inspection Manual
    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.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans

Phase II

Urban Stormwater Management

Best Management Practices

    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.

    California Stormwater 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 of Nonpoint Source Pollution from Stormwater [NJDEP, Website]

    Pennsylvania 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 used to develop site plans to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania regulations for erosion control and local stormwater control regulations.

    National 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.

    Montana 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.

Low Impact Development

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.

Low 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.

The Low Impact Development Center, Inc. Web Site
Provides information to stormwater Phase II communities on integrating low impact development (LID) strategies into their compliance programs.

Stormwater 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.

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