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Vol. 2/Issue No. 5
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STORM WATER POLLUTION PREVENTION BULLETIN
Strategy #3 – Make it By the
I nspection is a requirement for many of the
maintenance facility storm water BMPs. Without
regular inspection, a leaky hazardous waste container
This bulletin is
published monthly by
the Storm Water
Review the BMPs in the Caltrans Storm Water Quality Compliance Review
could go undetected, a clogged drainage inlet could Task Force to support
cause flooding, or a torn cover could expose raw Handbooks – Maintenance Staff Guide to ensure that you the Caltrans
materials to rain. Many of these inspections are already understand the inspection requirements listed in the maintenance staff in
its efforts to achieve
conducted by the facility supervisor on a regular basis. facility inspection checklist. Some inspection and maintain
This bulletin reviews a few strategies for ensuring that requirements include: compliance with
inspections meet storm water regulation requirements. storm water pollution
• T4a - Oil/Water Separators require regular prevention regulatory
inspection and cleaning to prevent accumulated oil requirements.
Strategy #1 – Make it Part of
and grit from affecting performance.
Your Routine • T4b - Waste Minimization, Handling and
Conduct inspections regularly and consistently and Disposal requires inspection of waste storage areas
document all results. The inspection checklist used by for leakage and the immediate repair of any leaks
the Storm Water Task Force can be used for conducting that are discovered.
and documenting your inspections. • T5b - Building and Grounds Maintenance
Regularly inspect and clean the storm drainage
• T7a - Storage of Hazardous Materials
(Working Stock) Regularly inspect hazardous Storm Water
material storage areas to ensure all containers are
labeled, covered and in good condition. Inspect all Protection
pallets of paint to ensure they are secure before
• T7c - Material Storage Controls (Hazardous for
Waste) Inspect hazardous waste storage areas
weekly for external corrosion or signs of wear of Maintenance
storage containers. In addition, regular inspections
should be conducted to ensure that individual
containers are secured and labeled, and that access
The Task Force checklist is available on your intranet
to storage areas prevents unauthorized entry.
storm water web site at HTTP://onramp.dot.ca.gov/hq/
• T7d - Outdoor Storage of Raw Materials
requires regular inspection of storage areas for
Strategy #2 – Make it Available asphalt, sand, soils, treated wood posts, and mulch
to prevent their exposure to storm water.
It is just as important to maintain inspection records as • T9a - Vehicle and Equipment Fueling tanks
it is to conduct the inspections in the first place. These require regular inspection for cracks and leaks.
records constitute the proof of your compliance with • T9b - Vehicle and Equipment Pressure
storm water regulations. Washing facilities and equipment require periodic Additional information is
Consider designating one person at each facility to inspection to ensure that wash water does not enter available in the Caltrans
Storm Water Quality
maintain the storm water compliance inspection the storm drainage system. Handbook - Maintenance
documentation. This person should be aware of all • T9c - Vehicle Equipment Maintenance and Staff Guide, or from your
inspections and documentation for storm water Repair includes inspecting degreasing solvent tanks District Maintenance
Storm Water Coordinator.
compliance at the facility. The key contact should for leaks and inspecting incoming damaged vehicles Questions or comments
also be responsible for maintaining the Facility for fluid leakage. may be directed to
• T9 - Above Ground Tank Leak and Spill Roger Churchwell, HQ
Pollution Prevention Plan (FPPP). Others in the Environmental
facility need to be aware of the location of and have Control requires inspection of above ground Engineering,
access to the FPPP. storage tanks, secondary containment, and associated
valves and piping for external corrosion, structural
Inspection documents must be maintained at the
failure, and loose connections.
facility for a minimum of three years. If possible,
inspection records should be kept with the FPPP. Regular inspections help maintenance facilities identify
Otherwise, document the location of the records in and correct potential storm water pollution problems.
the FPPP and set up a simple filing system so that Conducting storm water inspections is not just required
records can be easily located and reviewed. practice – it’s good practice.“Compliance-Challenged”
facilities can receive assistance from their District Storm
Visit our Caltrans storm water intranet website at: HTTP://onramp.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/orside/water/watqual.htm for the latest
storm water bulletins, training information, list of storm water coordinators, inspection forms, and Maintenance Staff Guide.