General Construction and Site Supervision Santa Clara Valley

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					General                         Preventing Pollution:
                                It’s Up to Us                                                     Storm Drain Pollution from
Construction                    In the Santa Clara Valley, storm drains transport
                                water directly to local creeks and San Francisco                    Construction Activities

and Site                        Bay without treatment. Stormwater pollution is a
                                serious problem for wildlife dependent on our
                                waterways and for the people who live near polluted
                                                                                               Construction sites are common sources of
                                                                                               storm water pollution. Materials and wastes
                                                                                               that blow or wash into a storm drain, gutter, or
Supervision                     streams or baylands. Some common sources of
                                this pollution include spilled oil, fuel, and fluids from
                                vehicles and heavy equipment; construction debris;
                                                                                               street have a direct impact on local creeks and
                                                                                               the Bay.
                                                                                               As a contractor, or site supervisor, owner
                                sediment created by erosion; landscaping runoff
Best Management Practices       containing pesticides or weed killers; and materials
                                                                                               or operator of a site, you may be
                                                                                               responsible for any environmental damage
for Construction                such as used motor oil, antifreeze, and paint                  caused by your subcontractors or
                                products that people pour or spill into a street or            employees.
                                storm drain.
                                Thirteen valley municipalities have joined together         stormwater runoff velocities by constructing
                                with Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara Valley           temporary check dams or berms where
                                Water District to educate local residents and                appropriate.
                                businesses and fight stormwater pollution. Join us,         q Train your employees and subcontractors. Make
                                by following the practices described in this                 these brochures available to everyone who works
                                pamphlet.                                                    on the construction site. Inform subcontractors
                                                                                             about the stormwater requirements and their own
                                Doing the Job Right                                          responsibilities. Use Blueprint for a Clean Bay, a
                                General Principles                                           construction best management practices guide
                                q Keep an orderly site and ensure good                       available from the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff
                                 housekeeping practices are used.                            Pollution Prevention Program, as a reference.
                                q Maintain equipment properly.                              Good Housekeeping Practices
Who should use this brochure?   q Cover materials when they are not in use.                 q Designate one area of the site for auto parking,
                                q Keep materials away from streets, storm drains             vehicle refueling, and routine equipment
•   General contractors          and drainage channels.                                      maintenance. The designated area should be well
                                                                                             away from streams or storm drain inlets, bermed if
                                q Ensure dust control water doesn’t leave site or
•   Site supervisors             discharge to storm drains.
                                                                                             necessary. Make major repairs off site.
                                                                                            q Keep materials out of the rain – prevent runoff
                                Advance Planning To Prevent Pollution
•   Inspectors                                                                               contamination at the source. Cover exposed piles
                                q Schedule excavation and grading activities for dry         of soil or construction materials with plastic
                                 weather periods. To reduce soil erosion, plant              sheeting or temporary roofs. Before it rains, sweep
•   Home builders                temporary vegetation or place other erosion                 and remove materials from surfaces that drain to
                                 controls before rain begins. Use the Erosion and            storm drains, creeks, or channels.
•   Developers                   Sediment Control Manual, available form the                q Keep pollutants off exposed surfaces. Place trash
                                 Regional Water Quality Control Board, as a                  cans and recycling receptacles around the site to
                                 reference.                                                  minimize litter.
                                q Control the amount of runoff crossing your site
                                 (especially during excavation!) by using berms or
                                 temporary or permanent drainage ditches to divert
                                 water flow around the site. Reduce
q Clean up leaks, drips and other spills immediately    Small Business Hazardous Waste                         Spill Response Agencies:
 so they do not contaminate soil or groundwater or      Disposal Program
                                                                                                               1. In the City of Santa Clara, call (408) 984-3080.
 leave residue on paved surfaces. Use dry cleanup
 methods whenever possible. If you must use water,      Businesses that generate less than 27 gallons or       2. In the City of Palo Alto, call (650) 329-2413.
 use just enough to keep the dust down.                 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month are            3. In the City of San Jose, dial 9-1-1 if hazardous
q Cover and maintain dumpsters. Check frequently        eligible to use Santa Clara County’s Small Business       materials enter the storm drain system. For
 for leaks. Place dumpsters under roofs or cover        Hazardous Waste Disposal Program. Call (408)              non-hazardous spills, call (408) 945-3000.
 with tarps or plastic sheeting secured around the      299-7300 for a quote, more information or guidance
                                                        on disposal.                                           4. In other cities, DIAL 9-1-1
 outside of the dumpster. Never clean out a
 dumpster by hosing it down on the construction                                                                5. State Office of Emergency Services Warning
 site.                                                  Palo Alto operates a similar program, with monthly        Center (24 hours). . . . . . . . . . 1-800-852-7550
                                                        collection, for small businesses. Call the City of
q Place portable toilets away from storm drains.        Palo Alto, (650) 496-6980, or Greenfield Services      6. Santa Clara County Environmental Health
 Make sure portable toilets are in good working         Corporation, 1-800-433-5060 for information or to         Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(408) 299-6930
 order. Check frequently for leaks.                     schedule an appointment.
Materials/Waste Handling                                                                                       Local Pollution Control Agencies
                                                        This brochure is one in a series of pamphlets
q Practice Source Reduction -- minimize waste           describing storm drain pollution prevention
                                                                                                               County of Santa Clara
 when you order materials. Order only the amount                                                               Pollution Prevention Program. . (408) 441-1195
                                                        measures for specific types of construction industry
 you need to finish the job.                                                                                   County of Santa Clara Integrated Waste
                                                        activities. Other pamphlets include:
q Use recyclable materials whenever possible.                                                                  Management Program. . . . . . . . (408) 441-1198
 Arrange for pick-up of recyclable materials such as    General Construction and Site Supervision              County of Santa Clara District Attorney
 concrete, asphalt, scrap metal, solvents,                                                                     Environmental Crimes Hotline. . (408) 299-TIPS
 degreasers, cleared vegetation, paper, rock, and       Landscaping, Gardening, and Pool
 vehicle maintenance materials such as used oil,        Maintenance                                            Santa Clara County
 antifreeze, batteries, and tires.                                                                             Recycling Hotline. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-533-8414
q Dispose of all wastes properly. Many construction     Painting and Application of Solvents and               Santa Clara Valley Water
 materials and wastes, including solvents, water-       Adhesives                                              District. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   (408) 265-2600
 based paints, vehicle fluids, broken asphalt and                                                              Santa Clara Valley Water
 concrete, wood, and cleared vegetation can be          Roadwork and Paving                                    District Pollution Hotline . . . . . . 1-888-510-5151
 recycled. (See the reference list of recyclers in
                                                                                                               San Jose/Santa Clara Water
 Blueprint for a Clean Bay.) Materials that cannot be
                                                        Earth-Moving Activities and Dewatering                 Pollution Control Plant. . . . . . . . (408) 945-3000
 recycled must be taken to an appropriate landfill or
                                                        Activities                                                   Serving Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos,
 disposed of as hazardous waste. Never bury waste
 materials or leave them in the street or near a                                                                     Milpitas, Monte Sereno, San Jose, Santa
 creek or stream bed.                                   Heavy Equipment Operation                                    Clara, Saratoga
Permits                                                 Home Repair and Remodeling                             Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant
q In addition to local grading and building permits,                                                               Serving Sunnyvale. . . . . . . (408) 730-7270
 you will need to obtain coverage under the State's     For additional brochures, call 1-800-794-2482          Regional Water Quality
 General Construction Activity Stormwater Permit if                                                            Control Plant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (650) 329-2598
 your construction site's disturbed area totals 5                                                                   Serving East Palo Alto Sanitary District, Los
 acres or more. Information on the General Permit                                                                   Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo
 can be obtained from the Regional Water Quality               Santa Clara V   alley                                Alto, Stanford
 Control Board.                                                Urban Runof f
                                                                                                               Regional Water Quality Control Board
                                                               Pollution Prevention Program
                                                                                                               San Francisco Bay Region. . . . . . (510) 622-2300
                                                                               June 2001

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