Erosion Control Regulations and Resources

What You Need to Know

Erosion Control Regulations have been established to protect the environment from continued degradation and pollution, especially on construction sites. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states, “By most accounts, the most environmentally dangerous period of development is the initial construction phase when land is cleared of vegetation and graded to create a proper surface for construction. The removal of natural vegetation and topsoil makes the exposed area particularly susceptible to erosion, causing transformation of existing drainage areas and disturbance of sensitive areas.”

Various sites and applications can and will produce a combination of pollutants that need to be controlled and prevented from entering surrounding waters. Below is a table describing those possible and/or probable pollutants. After reviewing this table, you may want to check out the information on Erosion Control Compliance, New Erosion Control Methods, and Erosion Control Resources.

Construction Site Pollutants

Areas of Consideration Primary Pollutant Other Pollutants
Sediment Nutrients Heavy Metals pH (acids & base) Pesticides & Herbicides
Clearing, Grading, Excavating, and Unstabilized Areas
Paving Operations
Concrete Washout and Waste
Structure Construction/Painting/Cleaning
Demolition and Debris Disposal
Dewatering Operations
Drilling and Blasting Opertions
Material Delivery and Storage
Material Use During Building Process
Solid Waste (Trash and Debris)
Hazardous Waste
Contaminated Spills
Sanitary/Septic Waste
Vehicle/Equipment Fueling and Maintenance
Vehicle/Equipment Use and Storage
Landscaping Operations

Other Pollutants Continued

Areas of Consideration Oil & Grease Bacteria & Viruses Trash, Debris & Solids Other Toxic Chemicals
Clearing, Grading, Excavating, and Unstabilized Areas
Paving Operations
Concrete Washout and Waste
Structure Construction/Painting/Cleaning
Demolition and Debris Disposal
Dewatering Operations
Drilling and Blasting Opertions
Material Delivery and Storage
Material Use During Building Process
Solid Waste (Trash and Debris)
Hazardous Waste
Contaminated Spills
Sanitary/Septic Waste
Vehicle/Equipment Fueling and Maintenance
Vehicle/Equipment Use and Storage
Landscaping Operations


 

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