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Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control

Best Management Practices (BMPs) in this category are designed to address stormwater runoff from construction sites that are one (1) acre or larger.  Construction site operators are required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to develop a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and comply with regulations contained in the Construction General Permit.  The City has implemented ordinances and procedures to ensure that construction site operators comply with State regulations.

Tyler's Stormwater Management Program contains five (5) BMPs in the Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control category including:

  • C-1 : Enforce Erosion Control Ordinance
  • C-2 : Erosion Control Plan Review Procedures
  • C-3 : Construction Site Inspection
  • C-4 : Construction General Permit Training
  • C-5 : Stormwater Hotline for Public Comment


Often construction of a site begins with the removal of vegetation and grading of the site in preparation for building.  In the case of subdivision development, large areas of bare soil may be exposed to rain during the construction phase.  The lack of ground cover makes these sites especially vulnerable to soil erosion.  Sediment laden water may be washed off-site and into lakes and streams making the water cloudy.  Besides poor visibility, the sediment prevents sunlight from reaching aquatic plants and smothers bottom-dwelling insects and fish.  Sediment can also be deposited into the storm drain system, decreasing capacity, increasing the chance of flooding, and increasing maintenance costs to the City.

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