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.