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 Arcata Best Management Practices Manual provides information on correct practices for all types of businesses and construction projects. Please be patient while downloading the Manual. It is 525 pages and 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.

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

Look below for BMP guidance for your business:

 

If you are a contractor or 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. Follow these steps to make sure your site is in compliance:

For all projects: 

  1. REVIEW BMPs for construction
  2. SELECT the BMPs that are right for your site.
  3. INSTALL BMP measures at your site by OCTOBER 15.

For projects grading less than one acre:

  • When you APPLY for a City of Arcata grading permit, complete and submit this form to the Community Development Department along with your grading permit application. For more information on the form, contact the Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184.

For projects grading greater than one acre:

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.

The City also encourages developers to consider Low Impact Development plans. 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.  To learn more, visit the State of California Water Resources Control Board website on Low Impact Development (LID) or view their collection of Stormwater management films (Clicking these links directs you away from the City of Arcata website). 

If you are in the food service industry

The Best Management Practices (BMPS) below can help your business prevent grease, soap and other pollutants from entering storm drains and local waterways. Follow these steps to make sure your business is in compliance:

  1. REVIEW BMPs for the food service industry.
  2. SELECT the BMPs and resources below that are right for your business.
  3. SHARE the appropriate BMP resources with your employees.

The following educational resources contain multilingual BMPs for the food service industry.

If you are in the automotive industry

The Best Management Practices (BMPS) below can help your business prevent oil, antifreeze and other pollutants from entering storm drains and local waterways. Follow these steps to make sure your business is in compliance:

  1. REVIEW BMPs for the automotive industry.
  2. SELECT the BMPs and resources below that are right for your business.
  3. SHARE the appropriate BMP resources with your employees.

The following educational resources contain multilingual BMPs for the automotive industry.

If you are a landscaper or gardener

The Best Management Practices (BMPS) below can help your business prevent pesticides, yard waste and other pollutants from entering storm drains and local waterways. Follow these steps to make sure your business is in compliance:

  1. REVIEW BMPs for the landscaping industry.
  2. SELECT the BMPs and resources below that are right for your business.
  3. SHARE the appropriate BMP resources with your employees.

For information on non-toxic alternatives in landscaping, view the City of Arcata Pesticide Reduction Plan

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

Wes Green Landscaping

6360 West End Rd. - First left east of the railroad tracks

(707) 822-8035

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. For tips on composting, view the brochure Backyard Composting Made Easy.

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)

If you 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

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