Construction sites have the potential to cause significant impacts to downstream receiving waters as well as storm drain infrastructure if not properly managed. TPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permits require MS4 cities and counties to regulate private construction activities within their jurisdictions. In addition, all local governments in Texas must obtain coverage under the TPDES Construction General Permit for any municipal construction activities that disturb one or more acres.
integrated Stormwater Management (iSWM™) Program for Construction and Development The iSWM Program for Construction and Development is a cooperative initiative that assists cities and counties to achieve their goals of water quality protection, streambank protection, and flood mitigation, while also helping communities meet their construction and post-construction obligations under state stormwater permits.
The iSWM Criteria Manual for Site Development and Construction contains criteria that cities and counties may adopt as a component of their stormwater management related development regulations. The iSWM Technical Manual provides the technical details to meet the requirements established by each community in their locally adopted iSWM Criteria Manual.
Training classes: Stormwater Pollution Prevention Practices During Construction
The six-hour course is designed for municipal inspectors, but is also appropriate for contractors, engineers, and other personnel with responsibility for preventing stormwater pollution during construction activities. Upcoming classes and registration information:
- October 28, 2013
- January 28, 2014
- May 7, 2014
- August 19, 2014
[Once there choose "Storm Water Pollution Prevention" from the Course Groups menu]
Construction Stormwater Awareness DVD
This 14 minute DVD video equips non-stormwater municipal employees with the knowledge and resources necessary to recognize and report poor stormwater management at construction sites. This video explains the potential environmental problems caused by poor construction site management to non-stormwater staff, how to spot them, and how to report them. more info