Construction Industry

By following the proper steps in and around your construction sites, you can help protect our most precious natural resource, our Colorado water.

 

The construction industry has some of the highest levels of responsibility regarding stormwater pollution prevention. By following guidelines established by the EPA, you can have a large impact on protecting our watershed.

How does the Construction industry impact water quality?

Polluted stormwater runoff from construction sites often flows to storm drainage systems and ultimately is discharged into local rivers and streams. The runoff can contain:

SEDIMENT

During a short period of time, construction sites can contribute more sediment to streams than can be deposited naturally during several decades.

NUTRIENTS (nitrogen and phosphorous)

These are of specific concern and can cause significant water quality impairment.

OTHER POLLUTANTS

Solid and sanitary wastes, pesticides, oil and grease, concrete truck washout, construction chemicals, construction debris, and metals may be discharged and cause an impact on receiving waters.

Effective construction site pollution prevention can dramatically reduce pollution into stream ecosystems.

There are rules established by the EPA which the construction industry is required to follow. Click the link below for the rules and regulations.


Rules & Regulations