Stormwater Best It’s Up to Us
The storm drainage systems of Florida lead to our local water bodies, and eventually to the
Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean. Storm drains were designed to prevent flooding by
carrying excess rainwater away from streets out to Florida waterways. Because the system
contains no filters, it now serves the unintended function of carrying stormwater runoff, also
General referred to as Pointless Personal Pollution, straight to these waterways.
Construction When it rains, water mixes with pollutants creating Pointless Personal Pollution. The
& Site pollutants include oil and other automotive fluids, paint and construction debris, yard and pet
wastes, pesticides and litter.
Midwest Research Institute
Pointless Personal Pollution flows to our waterways through the storm drain system. Each
day, polluted runoff enters the water untreated, leaving toxic chemicals and trash in our water.
Pointless Personal Pollution contaminates the waterways, harms aquatic life and increases
the risk of inland flooding by clogging gutters and catch basins.
This pamphlet tells you how to prevent Pointless Personal Pollution through Best
Management Practices (BMPs). Using these BMPs will ensure cleaner waterways.
Safe Environmental Habits This is one in a series of pamphlets describing
and Procedures for: storm drain protection measures. Other
Roadwork & Paving
http://www.fc3p2e.com Concrete & Mortar Application
This pamphlet was funded in part by a Section 319 Heavy Equipment
Nonpoint Source Management Program Grant Masons & Bricklayers
from the US Environmental Protection Agency
(US EPA) through a contract with the Nonpoint Food Service Industry
Source Management Program of the Florida Patio Construction Workers
Department of Environmental Protection. Automotive Maintenance & Car Care
Sidewalk Construction Crews
Pamphlet reproduced with permission from the Landscaping Gardening & Pest Control
City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program. Environmental Awareness Saves Our Planet!
General Construction & Solutions for General Construction & Site Supervision Problems
Site Supervision Problems S General Business Practices S Planning to Prevent Pollution S Handling Materials & Wastes
Construction sites are common sources of An erosion control program, worked out before Practice Source Reduction—minimize waste
Pointless Personal Pollution. Materials Keep pollutants off exposed surfaces. Place construction begins, prevents or minimizes most when ordering materials. Order only the
and wastes blown or washed into a street, trash cans and recycling receptacles around the erosion and sedimentation problems. amounts needed to complete the job.
gutter or storm drain flow directly to site.
Florida’s waterways. Sediment is the most Train your employees and Use recycled and recyclable
common pollutant washed from work sites, Cover and maintain dumpsters. Check subcontractors. Make these materials whenever possible.
creating multiple problems once it enters frequently for leaks. Place dumpsters under a roof pamphlets available to everyone
Florida’s waterways. or cover with tarps or plastic sheeting. working on-site. Inform Never bury waste materials
subcontractors about storm water or leave them in the street.
Sediment clogs the gills of fish, blocks light Never clean a dumpster requirements and their own
responsibilities. Dispose of all waste properly. Many
transmission and increases water by hosing it down on-site!
temperature, all of which harm aquatic life, construction materials, including solvents,
disturbing the food chain upon which both Schedule excavation and grading activities for water-based paints, vehicle fluids, broken
Keep materials out of the rain. Cover exposed dry weather periods. asphalt and concrete, wood, and cleared
fish and people depend.
piles of soil or construction materials with plastic vegetation can be recycled. Non-recyclable
sheeting or temporary roofs. Control surface runoff to reduce erosion, materials must be taken to an appropriate
Sediment also carries with it other work-
site pollutants such as pesticides, cleaning especially during excavation. Use drainage ditches landfill or disposed of as hazardous waste.
Designate one area for auto parking, vehicle to divert water flow.
solvents, cement wash, asphalt and car
refueling and routine equipment maintenance. The Use a crushing company to recycle cement,
fluids like motor oil, grease and fuel. Thus,
designated area should be well away from gutters Use gravel approaches to reduce soil compaction asphalt and porcelain rather than taking them
poorly maintained vehicles and heavy
or storm drains. Make and limit the tracking of sediments into streets, to a landfill.
equipment leaking fuel and oil at the
all major repairs off-site. where truck traffic is frequent.
construction site also contribute to water
Make sure portable Prevent erosion by planting fast-growing annual
toilets are in good and perennial grasses. These will shield and bind
As a contractor, site supervisor, owner or
operator of a site, you may be held
working order. Check the soil. Contacts
frequently for leaks.
responsible for the environmental damage
caused by your subcontractors or
Use as little water as possible for dust control.
Do not remove trees or shrubs unnecessarily.
They help decrease erosion.
( To report a spill, learn about waste disposal
or report illegal dumping please contact your local
public works department. For more information
S Cleaning Up
Solutions contact your local Water Management District.
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Best Management Practices that immediately. This will prevent contaminated soil
include the proper handling, storage or residue on paved surfaces. St. Johns River 386-329-4500
and disposal of materials can prevent
Never hose down “dirty” pavement or surfaces Southwest Florida 352-796-7211
pollutants from entering waterways
through the storm drain system. where materials have spilled. Use dry cleanup
methods whenever possible. South Florida 561-686-8800
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