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Nevada Contractors Field Guide for Construction Site Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Funding for the development and production of the Nevada BMP Field Guide was provided by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), the Truckee Meadows Storm Water Coordinating Committee (TMSWPCC), the Washoe County Regional Water Planning Commission, and the Clark County Regional Flood Control District. Mention of trade names or commercial products, if any, does not constitute an endorsement by any of the entities listed.

The technical review and development process involved representatives from: the NDEP, the TMSWPCC, the Las Vegas Valley Stormwater Quality Management Committee, the Associated General Contractors of America, the Builders Association of Northern Nevada and other interested members of the public.

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Document Contents
Clean runoff starts with you!
What contributes to erosion?
Types of erosion

1. Pre-Construction Planning
Assess the soils and slopes at the site
Identify streams and drainage control points
Preserve existing vegetation wherever possible
Design projects to fit the lay of the land
Minimize impervious surfaces and include LID
Promote infiltration in project design
Phase work to minimize exposed soil areas
Develop a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan

2. Overview of Construction Phase Operations
Salvage, stockpile and reuse topsoil
Install construction entrances and control dust
Inspection and maintenance of E&S controls
Dewatering operations and discharges

3. Diverting Upland Runoff Around Exposed Soils
Diversion berms and dikes
Diversion ditches and swales
Vegetated buffers

4. Protecting Soils With Vegetation, Mulch, and Binders
Soil cover requirements
Seed types and application
Sod application
Mulches and soil binders

5. Using Silt Fence and Other Sediment Barriers
Sediment barrier placement
Silt fence installation
Install J-hooks in silt fences
Silt fence slicing devices
Other sediment barriers
Installing fiber rolls
Maintenance of sediment barriers

6. Protecting Slopes to Prevent Gullies
Assessing slopes and soils
Slope protection basics
Rolled erosion control products
Slope drains, gabions and retaining walls

7. Protecting Culvert and Ditch Inlets and Outlets
Culvert and storm drain inlet protection
Outlet protection methods

8. Stabilizing Drainage Ditches
Drainage ditch slopes and soils
Erosion control blanket and turf mat linings
Check dams of rock, brush, or other products
Lining steep ditches and channels

9. Installing Sediment Traps and Basins
Locations for traps and basins
Sediment traps
Sediment basins
Sizing and design considerations
Inspection and maintenance

10. Protecting Stream Channels, Wetlands, and Lakes
Setback requirements
Vegetated buffers
Stream bank stabilization
Stream crossings

11. Maintaining &Closing Out Your Construction Project
Inspecting storm water flow structures
Managing trash, materials, and supplies
Vegetated cover considerations for close-out
Removing temporary sediment controls
Final site stabilization

12. Regulatory Information
NPDES storm water permits
Section 404 permits for wetlands and streams
Section 401 Water Quality Certification
Temporary Permits for Working in Waterways
Other permit considerations

Appendix A: Generic Revegetation Seed Mixes
for Northern and Southern NV.

Appendix B: Mulch Products and Soil Binders

Appendix C: Federal and State Storm Water Permit Requirements

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