Erosion, Sedimentation, and Water Quality Control (1)
Control erosion and pollutants to reduce negative impacts on water and air quality.
Design a site sediment and erosion control plan and a pollution prevention plan that conforms to best
management practices in the EPA's Storm Water Management for Construction Activities, EPA Document
No. EPA-833-R-92-001, Chapter 3, OR local Erosion and Sedimentation Control standards and codes,
whichever is more stringent. The plan shall meet the following objectives:
Prevent loss of soil during construction by storm water runoff and/or wind erosion, including protecting
topsoil by stockpiling for reuse.
Prevent sedimentation of storm sewer or receiving streams and/or air pollution with dust and particulate
Prevent hazardous material discharge into storm water systems.
Prevent petroleum oils and lubricants (POL) discharge into storm water systems.
The EPA standard lists numerous measures such as silt fencing, sediment traps, oil grit separators, construction
phasing, stabilization of steep slopes, maintaining vegetated ground cover and providing ground cover that will
meet this prerequisite.
Site Selection (1)
Avoid development of inappropriate sites and reduce the environmental impact from the location of a building on a
site. Select site based on functional adjacencies/relationships and land use compatibility.
Do not develop buildings on portions of sites that meet any one of the following criteria:
Prime training or maneuver land.
Land whose elevation is lower than 5 ft. above the 100-year flood elevation as defined by FEMA.
Land that provides habitat for any species on the Federal or State threatened or endangered list.
Within 100 feet of any wetland as defined by 40 CFR, Parts 230-233 and Part 22, OR as defined by
local or state rule or law, whichever is more stringent.
Select site based on functional adjacencies/relationships and land use compatibility.
Select sites close to existing roads and utilities or use an existing structure to minimize the need for new
Select site in area of high density.
Site facilities based on the strength of their relationships to other facilities/land-uses to limit travel
distances. The stronger the relationship/functional interaction, the closer the distance between two
Select for distance to installation/base transit systems and access to pedestrian ways and bike paths.
Select for development previously used or developed suitable and available sites.
Screen potential building sites for these criteria and/or ensure that these criteria are addressed by the designer
during the conceptual design phase. Utilize landscape architects, ecologists, environmental engineers, civil
engineers, and similar professionals for the screening process. New wetlands constructed as part of stormwater
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