Even when not required by environmental regulations, the following
best practices are recommended.
- Maintain good housekeeping. Keep areas clean and free from litter.
Sweep walkways and roadways.
- Prevent and respond to spills quickly. Do not let material enter
the storm water collection system. Keep adequate spill response
kits and equipment available to respond to spills of oil, fuel,
grease and train responders in proper response procedures.
- Control or eliminate sources, for example:
· Reduce the use of potential pollutants through waste
· Minimize the use of fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides
· Don't allow run off from activities such as car or vehicle
washing to enter sewers or drains.
· Control irrigation so that paved areas such as sidewalks,
roadways and parking lots are not wetted.
· Clean up leaves and lawn clippings so they don't enter
storm water collection systems.
· Encourage people to not litter. Place trashcans in strategic
locations and maintain them periodically.
- Train employees and students in the importance of storm water
pollution control. Some employees should be trained in spill response
techniques. All should be trained to not discharge material to
the storm water collection system.
- Where appropriate or feasible, invest in treatment and storm
water control infrastructure including drop inlets, channels,
retention and detention basins, treatment vaults, infiltration
galleries, filters, oil/water separators, etc.
- Use riprap, vegetation, slope stabilization to control sediment
and erosion. Control run off from construction and excavation
- Perform periodic inspections to identify potential sources
of storm water pollution and assess effectiveness of control measures.