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					Preventing Pollution:                                                                                     Good Housekeeping Practices
                                                           Storm Drain Pollution
It’s Up to US                                               From Construction                               Designate one area of the site for auto parking,
                                                                                                            vehicle refueling, and routine equipment
The City Of Greeley has two drainage systems –                  Activities                                  maintenance. The designated area should be
the sanitary sewers and the storm drains. The                                                               well away from streams or storm drain inlets,
storm drain system was designed to prevent            Construction sites are common sources of              bermed if necessary. Make major repairs
flooding by carrying excess rainwater away from       stormwater pollution. Materials and wastes            offsite.
city streets to the rivers.                           that blow or wash into a storm drain, gutter,         Keep materials out of the rain – prevent runoff
                                                      or street have a direct impact on local creeks        contamination at the source. Cover exposed
Because the system contains no filters or             and rivers.                                           piles of soil or construction materials with
treatment, it now serves the unintended function                                                            plastic sheeting or temporary roofs. Before it
of carrying urban pollution straight to the Cache     As a contractor, or site supervisor, owner            rains, sweep and remove materials from
La Poudre and South Platte Rivers.                    or operator of a site, you may be                     surfaces that drain to storm drains, creeks or
                                                      responsible for any environmental damage              channels.
Some common sources of this pollution include                                                               Keep pollutants off exposed surfaces. Place
spilled oil, fuel, and fluids from vehicles and       caused by your subcontractors or
                                                                                                            trash cans and recycling receptacles around
heavy equipment; construction debris; sediment        employees.                                            the site to minimize litter.
created by erosion; landscaping runoff containing                                                           Clean up leaks, drips and other spills
pesticides or weed killers; and materials such as                                                           immediately so they do not contaminate soil or
used motor oil, antifreeze, and paint products that                                                         groundwater or leave residue on paved
people pour or spill into a street or storm drain.    Advanced Planning to Prevent                          surfaces. Use dry cleanup methods whenever
The City Of Greeley is required by federal and        Pollution                                             possible. If you must use water, use just
state law to educate the public and businesses on                                                           enough to keep the dust down.
                                                         Schedule excavation and grading activities for     Cover and maintain dumpsters. Check
stormwater concerns. Please join us in our effort
                                                         dry weather periods. To reduce soil erosion,       frequently for leaks. Place dumpsters under
to reduce stormwater runoff pollution.
                                                         plant temporary vegetation or place other          roofs or cover with tarps or plastic sheeting
                                                         erosion controls before rain begins.               secured around the outside of the dumpster.
Doing the Job Right                                      Control the amount of runoff crossing your         Never clean out a dumpster by hosing it down
                                                         site (especially during excavation) by using       on the construction site.
General Business Practices                               berms or temporary or permanent drainage           Place portable toilets away from storm drains.
    Follow & maintain sediment & erosion                 ditches to divert water flow around the site.      Make sure portable toilets are in good working
    control plan                                         Reduce stormwater runoff velocities by             order. Check frequently for leaks.
    Keep an orderly site and ensure good                 constructing temporary check dams or berms
    housekeeping practices are used.                     where appropriate.
    Maintain equipment properly                          Train your employees and subcontractors.
    Cover materials when they are not in use.            Make this brochure available to everyone
    Keep materials away from streets, storm              who works on the construction site. Inform
    drains and drainage channels.                        subcontractors about the stormwater
    Ensure dust control water doesn’t leave site or      requirements and their own responsibilities.
    discharge to storm drains.
Materials/Waste Handling                             City Of Greeley Numbers:
                                                     Information line main number:
  Practice Source Reduction – minimize waste
  when you order materials. Order only the
  amount you need to finish the job.
                                                     English – 350-9777
                                                     Espanol – 350-9595
                                                                                          Construction and
  Use recyclable materials whenever possible.
  Arrange pick-up of recyclable materials such
  as concrete, asphalt, scrap metals and solvents,
                                                     Environmental Concerns:
                                                                                          Site Supervision
  degreasers, cleared vegetation, paper, rock,       • Adopt-A- Street 241
  and vehicle maintenance materials such as          • Air Quality/Odor Complaint 242     Best Management Practices for
  used oil, antifreeze, batteries, and tires.
                                                     • Household Hazardous Waste          the Construction Industry.
  Dispose of all wastes properly. Many
  construction materials and wastes, including         Disposal 246
  solvents, water-based paints, vehicle fluids,      • Recycling 247
  broken asphalt and concrete, wood, and
  cleared vegetation can be recycled. Materials
                                                     • Sanitation Complaints: Weeds,
  that cannot be recycled must be taken to an          Rubbish, Junk cars, etc 441
  appropriate landfill or disposed of as             • Drainage – Clogged Stormwater
  hazardous waste. Never bury waste materials          Drain 601
  or leave them in the street or near a creek
  streambed.                                         • Drainage – Flooding from rain,
                                                       runoff or irrigation ditches 602
  In addition to local grading and building
  permits, you will need to obtain coverage
                                                     To report illegal dumping –
  under the State’s General Construction             call 970-336-4074
  Activity Stormwater Permit if your
  construction site’s distributed area totals 1                                           Who should use this brochure?
  acre or more. Information on the General
  Permit can be obtained from the State
  Department of Health and Environment,                                                   • General Contractors
  Water Quality Control Division, 1-303-692-
  3500                                                           Stormwater               • Site supervisors
                                                                                          • Inspectors
                                                                                          • Home Builders
                                                                                          • Developers