When beginning any size construction project, stormwater management is imperative to a successful job. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Stormwater management is the effort to reduce runoff of rainwater or melted snow into streets, lawns and other sites and the improvement of water quality. Stormwater management is a crucial matter when planning for new construction and when making additions and/or updates to already standing structures.
The Importance of Planning for Stormwater Management
In developed areas, many factors come into play that could affect the natural tendencies of precipitation. Hardened surfaces, foundations, roofs, and many other manmade elements can prevent runoff water from naturally soaking into the ground. We can prevent issues from occurring by constructing a stormwater management plan. “It is important to ask questions early in the planning stage whenever taking on a construction project, notes Tracey Crawford, District Manager of the Crawford County Conservation District. “We see so many developers sitting and waiting on permits when the weather is perfect for working because plans were not developed and submitted far enough in advance.” By working with your contractor in the early stages, you can help maintain a safe environment, detain stormwater and remove pollutants. Knowing the guidelines for your specific project will help you plan ahead and create “If your project exceeds certain thresholds or you find yourself working in a special protection watershed, it can add unforeseen requirements.”
Stormwater Management Guidelines
In recent years, stormwater management has become of the utmost importance. For the basic safety factors, but also because of the environmental concerns many guidelines have been established to help with environmentally conscious building practices. There are three scenarios that need to be considered in your management plan. Will your project disrupt: 1. Under 2500 square feet, 2. 5000 square feet or over 5000 square feet? Once you know this, you can then find the guidelines which you are required to follow. One of the most crucial takeaways is that you cannot have the water leaving the site any faster after construction than it did prior to construction. For more information on stormwater management, refer to the Stormwater Management Act (Act 167) of 1978 from the Department of Environmental Protection.
Tracey continues, “The topic of excessive stormwater is very common today, we (the District) receives more complaints now than ever before regarding flooding; so it is definitely an important consideration and in fact when planned for early, stormwater BMP’s (Best Management Practices) can be an attractive and functional added feature.” To help better prepare you and create a plan for stormwater management, contact ACI today. Our knowledge and experience can lead your project from a well-formulated start to a successful finish.