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SPRING INTO CONSTRUCTION – 5 Things to Prevent Stormwater Violations on Your Project

By Ron Etter, Environmental Group Manager, Koontz-Bryant, P.C.

Spring has arrived, and we can all start preparing for flip flops, beach trips, cook outs, and pool parties. Oh yeah, and work. The warmer temperatures will allow all those stalled and suspended construction projects to crank up again. March in Virginia, historically, is one of the wettest months of the year, averaging 11 days of rain and over 4” average total rain (only July and August have higher average totals) and March has the most record setting single day storm events.

That makes for a muddy mess. This can lead to all sorts of stormwater compliance issues.

Here are 5 things you should do to at the start of the construction season to keep your projects on track and prevent violations being issued to your project.

  1. 1. Update your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan.

  • Contact information (if contractors, project managers, inspectors have changed, update contact information)
  • Document any changes to the site (new stockpiles, additional BMPs, modifications, corrective measures, etc.)

2. Fix the Construction Entrance(s)

  • On any new phase, build a new entrance
  • Use stone to repair existing entrances that have washed out

3. Inlet Protection

  • Check all the inlets; repair and/or replace inlet protection as needed

4. Sediment Basins/Traps

  • They have been filling up all winter; time to clean them out.

5. Stabilization

  • It is Spring! Grass will grow. So put it down, lock it in, and let it grow.

Stormwater is only one of a vast number of regulations that construction projects must comply with, and the regulations (and interpretation of them) are frequently changing. Koontz-Bryant keeps a constant watch on new regulations affecting construction projects as they arise.
If you have questions or would like more information on compliance management, please contact Ron Etter at 804-200-1920 or via email.