Business Stormwater Pollution Prevention Practices

 Federal, state and local laws require that businesses and citizens put only rain down the drain!

The City of Arcata has adopted  Best Management Practices for managing stormwater.   The Best Management Practices are found in the Arcata Best Management Practices Manual (please be patient - very, very patient - when downloading this.  It is 525 pages!) which provides information on correct practices for all types of businesses and construction projects. 

ARE YOU A CONTRACTOR OR A DEVELOPER?

 

Best Management Practices (BMPS) prevent soil and other materials from leaving your construction site.  While these practices should be implemented year around, BMPS are required after OCTOBER 15 and throughout the rainy season.

Contractors, click on the Arcata BMP Manual link below to find the BMPS that are best for your worksite.  For a quick overview of BMPs, click for the brochure Construction Site Guidelines for Water Quality Protection.  If you would like assistance with your BMPS, please contact the City of Arcata Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184 or eservices@cityofarcata.org.

Please be patient, the Arcata BMP Manual is 525 pages.  It will take a long time to download.  Hard copies are also available at the City of Arcata Environmental Services Department and at the Arcata Branch of the Humboldt County Library.

 

Construction Site Guidelines for Water Quality Protection, provides a brief overview of best practices at construction sites.  Below are links to two posters that you will find useful in educating yourself and your employees in proper Best Management Practices:

EPA Construction Best Management Practices Poster (Clicking this link directs you away from the City of Arcata website)

Its Raining! Are Your BMPS in Place?

Low Impact Development (LID)  is a stormwater management approach that is modeled to manage rainfall at the source. LID's goal is to mimic a site's predevelopment hydrology by using design techniques that infiltrate, filter, store, evaporate, and detain runoff close to its source.  Follow this link http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/low_impact_development/index.shtml to the State of California Water Resources Control Board website on Low Impact Development (LID) (Clicking this link directs you away from the City of Arcata website). 

Slow The Flow - Make Your Landsape like a Sponge is a 30 minute documentary which describes what stormwater is and creative solutions to addressing the problems it creates. Click here

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/stormfilm/ to watch this documentary (Clicking this link directs you away from the City of Arcata website).

 

ARE YOU IN THE FOOD SERVICE INDUSTRY?

Below are links to a poster and a brochure that you will find useful in educating yourself and your employees on the best work and storage practices to assure that only rain goes down the drain.

The poster Food Services Best Practices for Clean Water  

The brochure Food and Restaurant Guidelines for Water Quality Protection. This brochure is also available in Spanish Directrices de Alimentos ye de Restauracion Para La Proteccion de la Calidad del Agua

Mobile food businesses have additional responsibilities in regard to protecting our water quality. This brochure outlines simple practices that need to be implemented by mobile food vendors,  Mobile Food and Restaurant Guidelines for Water Quality Protection

Below is information, in English, Spanish and Chinese,  from the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program on practices for restaurants and other food service providers:

 Food Service Waste Disposal 

Food Service Equipment Cleaning

Food Service Pavement and Floor Cleaning

Click here for a link to a brochure on food services cleaning tips in Chinese (courtesy of Contra Costa county).

ARE YOU IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY?

Below are links to a poster and a brochure that you will find useful in educating yourself and your employees in the best work and storage practices to assure that only rain goes down the drain.

Poster Automotive Good Cleaning Practices

Brochure Automotive Business Guidelines For Water Quality Protection in Spanish Ciudad de las Directrices de Arcata Automotriz Negocios y Finanzas Para La Proteccion de la Calidad del Agua

These tips for residents on how to clean a vehicle in a way that does not compromise water quality are also applicable to an automotive business Residential Auto Cleaning Guidelines for Water Quality

ARE YOU A LANDSCAPER OR GARDENER?

Do not allow either solid or liquid matter to enter storm drains.  Use non-toxic alternatives whenever possible. Compost material that is removed either on site or at Wes Green Landscaping.

Use non-toxic altenatives whenever possible. Use pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers carefully and sparingly in accordance with label instruction.  Do not apply if rain is forecast.  Dispose of unwanted leftovers through the household hazardous waste collection service.

For information on non-toxic alternatives:

City of Arcata businesses and residents, upon presentation of a current Arcata Garbage bill and picture ID can drop green waste at Wes Green Landscaping at no charge. Limit is 48 one yard drops in a calendar year. 

Wes Green Landscaping6360 West End Rd. - First left east of the railroad tracks822-8035Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. April through October only

Compost bins are also available to businesses and residents within Arcata city limits at a cost of $20.  Proof of residency is a City of Arcata water bill/receipt or rental contract/receipt.

Need tips on composting, this simple brochure, Backyard Composting Made Easy, is a good start. 

For more information regarding the City of Arcata's stormwater management practices, consult the Stormwater Management Program Report.

STORMWATER HOTLINE

A toll free regional stormwater hotline operated by the Northcoast Stormwater Coalition can be called at 1 (877) 627-2001  to report active pollution or any other stormwater concerns. You may also call Arcata’s Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184.  For more information on the Northcoast Stormwater Coalition check out its website at Northcoast Stormwater Coalition. (Clicking this link directs you away from the City of Arcata website)

Have additional questions or need assistance with BMPS or reducing stormwater pollution, please do not hestitate to contact the City of Arcata Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184 or eservices@cityofarcata.org

only rain down the drain