BMPs on Construction Sites, Involving Citizens, Builders and Developers
Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
Basin Program Funds:
For several years, citizens living and working in developing areas have been
aware of the need for soil erosion controls on construction sites. However,
they are not knowledgeable of the specific BMP information or know where to
go to create changes in the existing system.
This grant is intended to inform citizens and the building industry about
the value of applying good conservation practices to active construction sites.
In general, the public has become more aware of the need for soil erosion
control on construction sites. This project will also provide these citizens
with the information needed to evaluate the sites about which they are most
concerned. They can then work with their locally elected and appointed officials
to control the soil, sediment, and attached pollutants coming from active
The material created by this project will inform interested
citizens about the soil erosion controls available for construction sites.
The new materials will also help encourage developers and builders to use
the appropriate best management practices (BMPs) on their construction sites
during the bare earth phase of construction. This is a critical form of conservation
marketing because studies have shown that soil erosion on construction sites
is 10 to 100 times greater than any other land use.
In addition, Ohio's standards and specifications for construction
site BMPs have recently been revised. The development community and land use
professionals need to be informed of this revised handbook and trained on
how to use it. The workshop planned under this proposal will satisfy this
One of the proposed tasks was to produce seven, two page BMP job sheets written
for average citizens, contractors, developers, and builders. These address
the most effective soil erosion and sediment control BMPs for construction
sites. Because of the high cost, only five job sheets were completed.
Two different booklets, one written for builders and the other
for developers, were produced. These booklets addressed issues such as the
NPDES Permit process, preparing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, the
inspection process, and maintenance of installed BMPs.
These documents were mailed to the 492 locally elected officials
and the 1,740 public and private engineers, developers, and builders on the
Cuyahoga SWCD's mailing list. The same material was distributed to interested
citizens and to permit holders in Cuyahoga County on the Ohio EPA's list of
Construction Site Permit holders. Additionally, the SWCD held a training workshop
for engineers and related land use professionals which introduced attendees
to the new Ohio urban BMPs handbook. Not only did attendees receive the new
handbook, but they had access to 8 distributors of BMP products and services.
Representatives from the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Ohio EPA, the Natural
Resource Conservation Service and the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation
Service gave presentations. Project personnel reached over 5,000 developers,
builders, local elected officials, engineers and contractors through the booklets
and workshop. They hope to reach an additional 1,000 elected officials and
citizens beyond the grant period.
The publications, job sheets and booklets, were distributed to over 2,000
elected officials and land use professionals in the Cuyahoga SWCD as well
as conservation site permit holders in the county and the interested public.
The publications won the 1997 All Ohio Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation
Society's "Outstanding Publication" Award. The publications were advertised
by the International Erosion Control Association and as a result, the Cuyahoga
SWCD received requests from Australia (3), Bangkok Thailand (1), Canada (6),
and from several other US states. One city engineer asked for 300 of the Critical
Area Planting job sheets to give to all of his home builders. The training
workshop introducing the new Ohio urban BMPs had 140 attendees.
Contact: Jim Storer, (216) 524-6580