“It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.” – Brackett, Halloween (1978)
Hopefully that scare comes from spooky trick-o-treaters on a sugar high, and not from a terrifying corrective actions report. It's windy and scary, which got us thinking that we want to check-in with our clients to make sure that your site is spook-free.
Storm Drain Inlet Protection
Let the Ninja Turtles do their job free of debris, and keep the storm drains clean. Protect all inlets in your project vicinity with the appropriate BMP. It's important that these BMPs are properly fastened to the inlet in order to keep stormwater from becoming witches' brew before reaching our waterways.
While you're at it, clean up any material build-up (e.g. leaves, sediment, trash) that's accumulated in the flow-lines. It's also a good idea to sweep your site daily. We just had to sweep the pavement behind our building, and we know how insanely labor-intensive this process can be without the right machinery.
We totally nerded out, and threw out some gravel bags in the gutter and added some inlet protection (not sponsored, but if you want to send us BMP samples we will test them out).
YOU SPILLED WHAT?!???
We aren't talking about your Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte with 1 Pump Classic, Nonfat Milk, 6 Scoops Mocha, 195 degree temp, ABSOLUTELY NO FOAM that you spilled on your costume. We're talking about something spookier that can harm wildlife- spills of concrete slurry, gas and oil from leaking equipment, and tarry-asphalt clumps from paving operations.
Please do yourself (and our environment) a HUGE favor, and clean up any spills on-site. Get your site a Spill Kit or two, have them labeled clearly, and place them throughout your site. Train your people on how to use them. Cleaning up takes time, but not as much as filling out all of that paperwork or paying fines if spilled material gets into a waterway or storm drain.
That's NSWD, a Non-Stormwater Discharge. These are things like batteries that get left out in the rain, or a bucket of concrete cure that gets knocked over and into a storm drain. It can even be oil leaks within secondary containment that leak out if rain water overflows the containment.
To say the least, it saves you a lot of money and time to put the effort in here. Keep chemicals and hazards stored in covered secondary containment. Better yet, before it starts raining pick up anything you can on your site, and place them in a Connex container. Just like your haunted house, we don't like to leave any fangs, worms, or cauldrons laying around after the party is over.
Don't let dirt start creeping
When you're not looking it can sneak out the back door, and throw a party down the street...or in our waterways! If you've got some dirt that wants to make a run for it, give our QSDs a call to discuss an Erosion Control plan. For the rebellious dirt that has a mind of its own, work with your QSP for some basic recommendations.
The keys here are that we want an effective combination of both sediment and erosion control BMPs. This might be hydroseeding and fiber roll, or for active work areas some plastic keyed in and gravel bags on top. We recommend to stabilize all Disturbed Soils Areas (DSAs) as soon as you can before it starts raining. Schedule any hydroseeding ASAP as these folks get pretty busy this time of year.
We're missing a lot of other details here, but that's why you should really hire a Professional Stormwater Inspector to help make appropriate recommendations for your site (that's us)! We will provide a thorough inspection to make sure that the Water Board isn't going to come out and cast a costly spell on your site. But, remember the goal here is not only to comply with regulation, but to help prevent the ghosts of frogs, fish, and lizards from haunting you.
Protecting the environment is in all of our best interest, so this Halloween ENJOY yourself and remember to build good karma by cleaning up your site.
Need a Stormwater Manager? We promise we don't bite, and that while we may be a bit silly from time-to-time we pride ourselves in being professional on our jobs. Call us at (707) 693-1926, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help YOU prevent stormwater pollution.