Spring rain is on the way

Stop, drop, and roll out the erosion control. We have a storm coming in.

Per regulations, NOAA is the official source that we must use to determine triggers for inspection/REAP thresholds.

Predicted to land this Saturday evening is a spring storm bringing in some much-needed relief from the drought. It won't make a big dent, but it will wet the ground. The bulk of the showers are anticipated to drop on Sunday.

In the Central Valley near Sacramento, NOAA and Wunderground are predicting about 1/3 to 1/2 of an inch of rain. Over in San Francisco and San Jose, it's looking to be about 1/3 of an inch of rain. Colfax is predicting about 1/2 an inch to over 1 1/2 inches of rain this weekend.

NOAA's forecast is much higher in Colfax than what's predicted by Wunderground, I would err on the side of caution and prepare for a big storm if you have a site up in the mountains.

Wunderground is a supplemental resource that we use to help refine and confirm incoming rain events.

The forecasts look strong, so REAPs are going out for SWPPP Risk Levels 2 and 3 projects. Keep an eye out for them in your inbox and implement BMPs/maintenance as needed.

Here's a short checklist of items to address...

  1. Review your Pre-Storm Inspection and/or REAPs + address items

  2. Stabilize disturbed soils (e.g. temporary cover, quick deploying erosion control)

  3. Perform general housekeeping

  4. Cover concrete washouts

  5. Put chemicals into covered secondary containment

  6. Sweep paved areas

  7. Maintain inlet protection

  8. Move materials out of flow line and gutters

  9. Grab extra BMPs for emergencies

  10. Gravel bags

  11. Plastic

  12. Fiber roll

  13. Avoid disturbing soil prior, during, and after a rain event

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to your Inspectors! They are ready to help and keep you compliant.

Have a good weekend everyone!

The Team at Tully Consulting Group

Robin Tully, PE, QSD founded our company back in 2005 and started the company out of her front room. Since then we've grown to over 30 employees and have worked on hundreds of projects, serving primarily as the Water Pollution Control Manager on Caltrans projects.

We work on behalf of the Contractor to help them achieve compliance with California and Caltrans Stormwater and Water Quality Regulations - this includes preparing SWPPPs, providing stormwater and rain event inspections, designing temporary BMP drawings, providing training for our clients, and assisting with 401/404 permit compliance.

When you work with Tully Consulting Group, we are your advocate in the field. It's our goal to represent you well and find solutions that work with your design, schedule, and budget.

As a bonus, Tully Consulting Group is a registered DBE, WBE, and SBE helping you meet any Contract Requirements that you may have. For more information, reach out to our Estimating Department at (707) 693-1926 or email estimating@tullygroup.com.

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