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    EPA Stormwater Website (

    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 website [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.

    American Road and Transportation Builders Association Environmental Committee website [ARTBA, Website]
    The website 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.

    NPDES eReporting. EPA has published the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule. Visit this page to learn more about the rule. Included are training webinars.

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.

    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.

Low Impact Development

The Low Impact Development Center, Inc. website
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.


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.

Spanish Resources

Plantilla del Plan de Prevención de la Contaminación de Aguas Pluviales en la Construcción (PPCAP) (WORD) - Ayuda a los operadores de proyectos de construcción a desarrollar un PPCAP que cumpla con los requisitos mínimos del Permiso General de Construcción 2017 de la EPA.

Hoja Informativa sobre Mejores Prácticas de Gestión (MPG) de Construcción en Puerto Rico. Provee información en español sobre mejores prácticas de gestión de construcción con enfoque en la protección de especies amenazadas y en peligro de extinción y hábitats críticos en Puerto Rico.


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