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Construction Site Best Management Practices Handbook

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In January 2000, the Nevada Division of Environmental  Protection (NDEP) issued a  Large Municipal  Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit  to the Cities of Reno and Sparks, Washoe County, and the Nevada Department  of Transportation (the Truckee Meadows permittees).  One of the conditions of  the Truckee Meadows MS4 permit  was to develop and implement  a Regional Storm  Water Quality Management  Program  (RSWQMP) for reducing pollution in municipal  storm water  discharges in the Truckee Meadows.

 In September  2001, the RSWQMP was adopted by the Truckee Meadows Storm  Water Permit Coordinating Committee, consisting of a representative from each of the four permittees. The RSWQMP called for the development  of nine program elements  to address the requirements  of the permit, including a regional Construction Site Discharge Program. Each individual permittee  is res ponsible under this program for its own ordinances, permitting  and inspection of construction sites. The program includes the development,  adoption and implementation  of a Construction Site Best Management  Practices (BMPs) Handbook.  The 2003 version of this handbook  was developed for the Cities of Reno and Sparks and Washoe County, with funding provided by the Regional Water Planning Commission.   The fourth permittee  of the 2000 Truckee Meadows MS4 Permit, the Nevada Department  of Transportation (NDOT), i ndependently developed its own Construction Site BMP Manual for statewide use at NDOT constructions.

The primary purpose of the Construction Site BMP Handbook  is to assist local users with the requirements  of NDEP’s  2015 General Construction Permit  and the local policies developed in response to the permit requirements.  It is also intended to provide a comprehensive  document that includes copies of all forms, checklists,  storm water  quality management  information, regulatory information and the BMP standards and specifications necessary to comply with federal and state  NPDES  General Construction Permits  and applicable local erosion and sediment control requirements. 

 The BMPs presented in the handbook were carefully selected to provide a wide variety of appropriate controls appropriate for use with the soils and climate  of the Truckee Meadows. The intended users of the handbook include the owners/operators  of construction sites, developers, design engineers, contractors and  plan review and construction site inspection  staff from the Cities of Reno and Sparks and Washoe County.