Protecting Water Quality … at Construction Sites

It’s Everyone’s Responsibility

Silt Fencing

Silt Fencing

  • Inspect and maintain silt fences after each rainstorm.
  • Make sure the bottom of the silt fence is buried in the ground.
  • Securely attach the material to the stakes.
  • Don’t place silt fences in the middle of a waterway or use them as a check dam.
  • Make sure that stormwater is not flowing around the silt fence.

Construction Phasing

Construction Phasing 

  • Sequence construction activity so that soil is not exposed for long periods of time.
  • Install sediment controls before site grading begins.
  • Schedule site stabilization, such as landscaping, to begin as soon as the site has been graded to its final contour.

Vegetative Buffers

Vegetative Buffers

  • Protect and install vegetative buffers along waterbodies to slow and filter stormwater runoff.
  • Maintain buffers periodically to ensure their effectiveness.

 

Storm Drain Inlet Protection

Storm Drain Inlet Protection

 

  • Use rock or other appropriate material to cover the storm drain inlet to filter out trash and debris.
  • Make sure the rock size is appropriate (usually 1 to 2 inches in diameter).
  • If you use inlet filters, maintain them regularly.

Construction Entrances

Construction Entrances

  • Remove mud and dirt from tires of construction vehicles before they enter a paved roadway.
  • Properly size entrance BMPs for all anticipated vehicles.
  • Make sure that the construction entrance does not become buried in soil.

Protect Natural Features

Protect Natural Features

  • Minimize clearing.
  • Minimize the amount of exposed soil.
  • Identify and protect areas where existing vegetation, such as trees, will not be disturbed by construction activity.
Information from PiedmontWaterQuaility.org
Contact your local government for details
City of Archdale
336.431.9141
Forsyth County
336.727.2087 
City of Greensboro
336.373.2812
Guilford County
336.641.3334
City of High Point
336.883.3111
Town of Jamestown
336.454.1138
Town of Kernersville
336.996.3121
Town of Lewisville
336.945.5558
City of Randleman
336.495.7500
Randolph County
336.318.6555
City of Burlington
336.222.5005
Village of Clemmons
336.766.9170
City of Winston-Salem
336.747.7480 
Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority
336.547.8437
City of Trinity
336.431.2841