Sediment runoff from construction sites can be significant and can impair streams, lakes, and rivers. This erosion is caused by stream bed scouring and habitat degradation, shoreline erosion, and stream bank widening, loss of fish population, and increased frequency of downstream flooding.
In addition, sediment often carries with it high loadings of metals, nutrients (such as phosphorus and nitrogen), and other pollutants which adversely affect the quality of downstream water bodies.
Construction Site Requirements
Certain permits and erosion control/pollution prevention practices are required:
Is the site in question a commercial or residential subdivision (or a lot within a commercial or residential subdivision)?
If yes, this site is a commercial or residential subdivision (or a lot within a commercial or residential subdivision) then is the site in the city limits?