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Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control

According to the EPA Fact sheet on Construction Site Runoff Control, "sediment runoff rates from construction sites are typically 10 to 20 times greater than those of agricultural lands, and 1,000 to 2,000 times greater than those of forest lands. During a short period of time, construction sites can contribute more sediment to streams than can be deposited naturally during several decades. The resulting situation, and the contribution of other pollutants from construction sites, can cause physical, chemical, and biological harm to our nation's waters."
Hydrant overflow into storm sewer.

Cause

Stream sediment discharge after hydrant overflow.

Effect

The University of Minnesota Duluth discharges storm water to several different waters; the following links describe what UMD properties discharge to the following types of waters and what special requirements are placed on these discharges.
U of M construction projects are required to have temporary and permanent erosion and sediment control measures incorporated into the design. The construction documents must identify specific controls and locations as well as contractor implementation and inspection responsibilities. Any storm water discharge from a construction site must be “sediment free”.

For additional Information see Minimum Control Measure 4: Construction Storm Water Runoff Control in UMD’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program.

Best Management Practices: New practices will be added as they are completed

UMD 4a-1 Ordinance or other Regulatory Mechanism

The University’s Environmental Management Policy and its Storm Water Compliance Procedure specifically require compliance with MPCA storm water requirements and in some cases include additional more stringent requirements. Where these regulatory programs do overlap, the more stringent requirements take precedent. Additional information on U of M storm water permitting requirements can be found in the University of Minnesota Standards & Procedures for Construction.

UMD 4b-1 Construction Site Implementation of Erosion and Sediment Control BMP's

UMD 4c-1 Waste Controls for Construction Site Operators

  • Construction Site Inspection Checklist (Under Construction)

UMD 4d-1 Procedure for Site Plan Review

  • Storm Water Project Submittal Checklist (Under Construction)

UMD 4e-1 Establishment of Procedures for the Receipt and Consideration of Reports of Stormwater Noncompliance

  • UMD Storm Water Hotline All comments will be seriously considered and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) general permit MN R580000 requires us to summarize all comments made and the actions taken, in our annual storm water report.
  • Examples of Storm Water Concerns (Under Construction)

UMD 4f-1 Establishment of Procedures for Site Inspections and Enforcement

  • Example Erosion Control Inspection Report (Excel / PDF)

Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control Best Management Practice Summaries

UMD 4a-1 Ordinance or other Regulatory Mechanism

As a non-traditional MS4, the University does not have traditional "regulatory mechanisms". It relies on administrative procedures and contractual relationships to ensure compliance. University Construction Standards, which are incorporated into contracts with Architect/Engineering (A/E) firms, already require construction projects to 'include temporary erosion and sediment controls.'

UMD 4b-1 Construction Site Implementation of Erosion and Sediment Control BMP's

Current University Construction Standards require all construction projects to have ‘ temporary erosion and sediment controls ’. As part of Program Design Requirements, the architect/engineer (A/E) must incorporate such temporary and permanent erosion and sediment controls into construction documents. The Contractor is then required to implement according to schedules and specifications in the construction documents. The contractor is also required to inspect for BMPs effectiveness and correct any problems.

UMD 4c-1 Waste Controls for Construction Site Operators

The administrative procedure developed will address requirements for construction site operators to control waste, such as discarded building materials, concrete truck washout, chemicals, litter, and sanitary waste at the construction site that may cause adverse impacts to water quality.

UMD 4d-1 Procedure for Site Plan Review

All capital construction project documents are sent to the Department of Environmental Health and Safety for review at each stage of design development. Architect/Engineers are apprised of the University's standards for storm water controls in the University Construction standards. A/E is required to submit a storm water project submittal checklist documenting that they have addressed both temporary and permanent runoff controls.

UMD 4e-1 Establishment of Procedure for the Receipt and Consideration of Reports of Stormwater Noncompliance

This procedure will include receipt and consideration of a wide range of reports of storm water non-compliance, including construction site runoff issues. It will maintain a website in support of this procedure, listing a fairly comprehensive list of storm water concerns that should be reported. It will determine whether to incorporate this reporting process into its existing confidential reporting system for a wider range of conduct that may be in violation of laws or University policies and procedures.

UMD 4f-1 Establishment of Procedures for Site Inspection and Enforcement

As part of the University's Construction Standards, Program Design Requirements, the A/E must incorporate temporary and permanent erosion and sediment controls into construction documents. The Contractor is then required to implement according to schedules and specifications in the construction documents. The contractor is also required to inspect for BMPs effectiveness and correct any problems. The contractor must document all inspections and corrections.

EPA Stormwater Construction Industry Posters:

Poster for stormwater best manangement practice examples. Poster for planning and implementing erosion and sediment control practices.
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