Stormwater inspections must be carried out periodically in all construction sites, both large and small. There are a number of common stormwater compliance problems identified during stormwater management inspections, and these that follow are particularly common in small-scale construction sites.
- Lack of cover, either temporary or permanent. Exposed soil areas of any kind need to be stabilized within fourteen days after the construction activity has been stopped in that portion of the site. This applies regardless of whether ceasing of activity is permanent or temporary.
- Improper management of hazardous materials or solid waste. All hazardous materials must be stored properly, which requires what is known as secondary containment. This applies to paint, oil, gasoline, and other materials. Proper disposal of all solid waste as dictated by local regulations must be carried out.
- Best management practices are required to prevent or minimize vehicle tracking of sediment and pollution from the site on to the road. Many construction sites fail to incorporate best management practices for this. Vehicle exits must use methods such as stone pads, wash racks (steel or concrete), or other equivalent systems to mitigate sediment tracking via vehicles.
- No sediment controls on the site. An MS4 Permit requires that there be active and established sediment control practices incorporated on lower-ground perimeters prior to the commencement of disturbing activities begin on higher ground. These sediment control practices include sediment traps or basins, silt fences, and sediment barriers.
- No sediment control in place for temporary stock piles. Not limited to more permanent site attributes, sediment control applies also to stock piles of a temporary nature. Temporary stockpiles must have effective sediment control like a silt fence. Stockpiles must not be placed in the vicinity of surface waters.
- Sediment on the road. If best management practices fail to prevent sediment from settling on the road, it must be removed by other means promptly.
- Failure to protect storm inlets. Storm drain inlets that are subject to discharge from the construction site must be protected prior to commencement of construction. These must also be maintained until the site is stabilized.
These are just some of the more common stormwater management compliance issued identified during stormwater inspections for small-scale construction sites. For the very best in advice, guidance, and the premium in stormwater management software, contact Cloudcompli today.