Construction site runoff control is the fourth minimum control measure (MCM) required by the EPA and Kentucky Division of Water. The City of Richmond feels it is beneficial to protect our waterways from construction sites and their runoff.

What is Construction Site Runoff Control?

When it rains, stormwater washes over the loose soil on a construction site, along with various materials and products being stored outside. As stormwater flows over the site, it can pick up pollutants like sediment, debris, and chemicals from that loose soil and transport them to nearby storm sewer systems or directly into our waterways, this is construction site runoff. Proper stormwater controls are put in place so that construction can proceed in a way that protects your community’s clean water and the surrounding environment.

The following guide was developed by the Kentucky Transportation Center, Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance, and Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection.

How does the City of Richmond meet these responsibilities?

The City of Richmond has passed the following ordinance related to Construction Site Runoff Control.

  • Ordinance 12-52: An ordinance of the City of Richmond stating the Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Requirements.
  • Ordinance 12-53: An ordinance of the City of Richmond stating the Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Requirements for lots with less than once acre of land disturbance and not part of a larger common plan of development.

Stormwater runoff from construction related site disturbance throughout the state of Kentucky is regulated under KYR10, Stormwater Construction General Permit. The permit regulates disturbances of one or more acres or disturbances that are less than one acre but are part of a larger common plan of development or sale that is of one or more acres.