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Best Management Practices for Construction Sites

Are you involved in construction projects? Are you an owner, developer, contractor, subcontractor, architect, construction manager, or design engineer? If so, this guide is for you, to help prevent pollution at the construction site. Many construction companies are adopting Best Management Practices (BMPs) as an important part of their pollution prevention program to help them protect water sources, minimize fugitive dust, manage wastes, and control erosion.

Pollution Prevention (P2) is about reducing the amount of any hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant released into the environment in order to reduce the hazards to public health and the environment. Pollution Prevention is also about preserving resources through wise use.

The following BMPs will need to be judged on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the conditions, operations, and limitations of each construction site. The best time to begin identifying BMPs is before a project begins. Many of the following BMPs can help you comply with regulations that are required by law.

Vegetative Buffers

Top Ten BMPs for Construction Sites

  1. Preservation of Existing Vegetation
  2. Construction Phasing
  3. Construction Entrances
  4. Silt Fencing
  5. Storm Drain Inlet Protection
  6. Vegetative Buffers
  7. Site Stabilization
  8. Equipment Fueling and Containment
  9. Waste Management
  10. Fugitive Dust Suppression

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