Stormwater runoff from construction activities can have a significant impact on water quality. In addition to sediment, as stormwater flows over a construction site, it can pick up other pollutants like debris, pesticides, petroleum products, chemicals, solvents, asphalts, and acids which also contribute to water quality problems (EPA 2004).
Construction Site Pollutant Erosion Control
Erosion control measures are designed to prevent environmental damage caused by pollution, soil erosion, and sedimentation from land development. Construction site erosion emphasizes the most appropriate set of practices for a specific site, as well as correctly installing and maintaining the selected practices to ensure their effectiveness.
In accordance with fulfilling the Construction Site Pollutant Control requirement of the WI DNR Stormwater permit, the City of Superior adopted a Site Erosion Control Ordinance in February 2009, to require erosion control best management practices that reduce the amount of sediment and other pollutants leaving construction sites during land development or land disturbing activities. The city requires any land disturbing activity, regardless of size, that has the potential to result in excessive runoff to have a permit.