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
Use recyclable materials whenever possible.
Arrange pick-up of recyclable materials such
as concrete, asphalt, scrap metals and solvents,
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
• Home Builders