Construction Site Control

Common water quality impacts from construction sites with insufficient management practices include: sediment from soil erosion, construction materials and waste (e.g., paint, solvents, concrete) and spilled oil, fuel, and other fluids from construction vehicles & heavy equipment.  If not properly managed, these pollutants may be picked up by stormwater runoff and flow to local creeks and San Francisco Bay. To prevent construction site discharges of pollutants into storm drains, SCVURPPP member agencies have implemented construction site inspection and control programs.

Elements of these programs include:

  • Prioritizing which construction sites to inspect
  • Recording inspection data
  • Follow-up & enforcement actions
  • Outreach & education – training construction site owners/contractors & related staff on stormwater pollution prevention practices at construction sites

Available resources describing best management practices (BMPs) for construction sites include:

Construction Industry Best Management Practices (BMPs) Brochures

Silt fences are a Best Management Practice to prevent erosion and loose debris at construction sites (Photo by US DOE, Wikimedia Public Domain)

To educate residents and businesses on how to eliminate or reduce the discharge of pollutants from construction-related activities, the Program developed the following brochures describing best management practices for the construction industry.

CASQA Construction Handbook

The CASQA Construction BMP Online Handbook/Portal provides guidance for selecting and implementing BMPs that will eliminate or reduce the discharge of pollutants from construction sites. It also details how to develop and implement stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs) that document the selection and implementation of BMPs at construction sites. Only subscribers may access the BMP Construction Handbook/Portal. Municipal staff should contact their stormwater program coordinator for access to the Handbook through the SCVURPPP group subscription.

Construction Documents

4/24/2024SCVURPPP BMP Plan SheetOther Documents
11/29/2023Construction Site Stormwater Inspector Workshop – Nov 29 and 30, 2023Workshops
6/15/2023Changes to the PCBs in Demolition Program: Program Enhancements and Other RequirementsPresentations,
3/9/2022Construction Site Municipal Stormwater Inspector Workshop 2022Workshops
3/3/2021Construction Site Stormwater Inspector WorkshopWorkshops
2/5/2020Construction Site Stormwater Inspector Workshop (February 5 and 13)Workshops
3/5/2019Construction Site Municipal Stormwater Inspector Workshop – 2019 March 5 and 7, 2019Workshops
2/20/2018Construction Site (C.6) Stormwater Inspection Workshop – February 20 and 23, 2018Workshops
1/23/2017Construction Site (C.6) Stormwater Inspection Workshop – January 23 and 27, 2017Workshops
1/20/2016Construction Site Stormwater Inspection Workshop – January 20 and 22, 2016Workshops
5/6/2015Construction Site Stormwater Inspection Workshop: Implementing the requirements in MRP Provision C.6 – May 6, 2015Workshops
4/22/2014Construction Site Stormwater Compliance Workshop – April 22, 2014Workshops
1/1/2012Requirements for Copper Roofs and Other Architectural CopperFact Sheets,
2/4/2010Guidance on Identifying High Priority Construction SitesMemoranda