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  • Stormwater Management for Construction Sites


    Stormwater runoff from construction activities can have a significant impact on water quality. As stormwater flows over a construction site, it picks up pollutants like sediment, construction debris, and chemicals such as gasoline, fertilizer, and paint. Polluted stormwater runoff can harm or kill fish and other wildlife. Sedimentation can destroy aquatic habitat and high volumes of runoff can cause stream bank erosion.

    Land disturbance activities that occur during grading and construction remove the natural vegetation and allow the bare dirt to erode, unless erosion and sediment control devices are installed at the site. Eroded sediment that is flushed or allowed to flow into the storm sewer network is the main stormwater pollutant in Jefferson County.

    Required Land Disturbance Permits

    Most land disturbance activities in unincorporated Jefferson County require a Grading Permit or a Notice of Intent. The first step in determining what your project will require is to read Section 15 Land Disturbance from the Jefferson County Zoning Resolution.

    If you determine a Grading Permit or Notice of Intent is required your next step is to complete an application for plan review. Submit the application along with required documents to the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Division office located at 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 3550, Golden, CO. A fee will be required at the time of application. To be in regulatory compliance the application must be received at least 45 calendar days prior to the proposed land disturbance activity for a grading plan review and at least 10 calendar days prior for a Notice of Intent.

    If the area of disturbance is greater than one (1) acre you must also obtain a Construction Site Stormwater Permit from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Detailed permit information can be found on the Colorado State Water Quality Permitting page.External Link Icon

    Erosion and Sediment Control

    Eroded soil at construction sites can pollute rivers, streams and lakes via stormwater runoff. One way to keep this pollution to a minimum is by implementing erosion and sediment control structural best management practices.

    Erosion control devices make physical contact with the soil to prevent it from eroding. Examples are:

    • Turf Reinforced Matting (TRM)
    • Erosion Control Blankets
    • Compost Blankets
    • Tackifier
    • Bonded Fiber Matrix
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    Sediment control is a method that traps or filters sediment that has eroded and is being carried by runoff. Examples are:

    • Sediment Pond
    • Silt Fence
    • Straw Wattles


    Successful stormwater management during construction contains erosion control to prevent soil from being dislodged AND sediment control to limit the amount of sediment transported offsite. (See Tips for Controlling Sediment at Construction Sites)

    Additional design and installation specifications for construction site best management practices can be found in Urban Drainage and Flood Control District Criteria Manual. Please refer to Volume 3 for design specifications on construction site best management practices.

    Publications

    Utility Contractors
    Sediment is a major water pollutant and it is illegal to allow sediment to wash into our storm drains, ditches of creeks.  

    Erosion & Sediment Control During Construction  

    Do you have the State-issued Stormwater discharge permit for your construction site?  

    Waste Management on Constructions Sites: What is Required?