The people working on a construction site are a first line of defense for our rivers. Good work practices keep dirt, chemicals, and trash out of our streets and storm sewers. View the EPA’s guide to federal requirements to make sure you are doing what you can on the job to keep costs down and the site clean.
Construction sites are often the source of stormwater pollution but they do not have to be. Helping to maintain site barriers and construction entrances will reduce track out and erosion. Keeping up with vehicle maintenance and storing chemicals correctly reduces the amount of chemicals added to stormwater runoff. Ensure your site is abiding by the EPA’s Federal Requirements.
If you live or work where there are large volumes of hazardous materials, please remember to store all hazardous materials in properly marked containers and in secure places. Check the container for holes, keep them where they won’t get wet, replace any damaged containers, and dispose of any unused chemicals properly. View the EPA’s guide to federal requirements for more information.
Did you know sediment from construction sites ranks as one of the top five surface water pollutants in the United States?
We invite you to learn the requirements and methods for protecting our waterways during active construction. This course is tailored to contractors, developers, and engineers in the Nebraska Panhandle.
For more information or to register please see the LTAP site at :
Permeable pavement allows water to pass through the surface into the ground generating more groundwater recharge, faster melting of ice and snow, and decreasing the amount of water runoff from a property. Porous concrete, porous asphalt, or interlocking pavers are also good for trees whose roots can access the air and water that flow through the pavers.
Photos: (Top) Demonstration of porous concrete. (Bottom) Water runoff comparison of permeable asphalt and standard concrete.
Comments Wanted on New Construction Storm Water Permit
On Friday, March 25 the draft for the new Construction Storm Water (CSW) Permit was sent to EPA to start the 90 day review period, following which will be the formal public notice period. Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is requesting initial comments and feedback before the permit goes out for public notice. Any responses are appreciated before Monday, May 16th.
A summary of changes is inlcuded here: NDEQ CSW General Permit_Fact Sheet
The permit draft may be reviewed here: NDEQ CSW_General Permit
Policy changes to the permit include:
- All forms must be submitted electronically on the NDEQ website. Paper forms for NOIs, CSW-Transfers, and NOTs are no longer accepted.
- Oil and gas field activities or operations will now require a permit.
- Coverage of existing permits has been extended from 90 to 180 days before reapplication is needed under the proposed general permit.
- Permit numbers have been changed to correspond with anticipated issue year.
Responses can be sent to either Emma Trewhitt, NPDES Permits and Compliance Unit or the permit writer, Patrick Ducey. Emma can be contacted at Emma.Trewhitt@nebraska.gov or 402-471-8330. Patrick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-471-2188.
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