Erosion and Sediment Control Guidance for Applicants and Review Staff


Countywide Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program

Foam Pollution (Stormwater) Control BMPs

The following is a list of resources with information on the use of best management practices (BMPs) to minimize pollution from construction sites.


BMP Brochures

NCSPPP developed a brochure for contractors and homeowner's to use as a reference.  Click here to view.


NCSPPP developed guidance for construction project applicants entitled "Erosion and Sediment Control Plan Guidance for Applicants and Review Staff".

Stormwater Best Management Practices Handbook – Construction

This is one of a series of handbooks developed by the California Association of Stormwater Quality Agencies (CASQA) to provide guidance on selecting and implementing BMPs to reduce the discharge of pollutants from construction sites.  This document is available by subscription from CASQA by clicking here.

State Water Resources Control Board Website
This website contains several materials useful for preventing stormwater pollution from construction sites, including information on the NPDES General Construction Activity Permits.  Information includes frequently asked questions, a checklist to assist with preparation of the storm water pollution prevention plan and contact information for staff available to answer any additional questions. The website is located at:

Caltrans Stormwater Website
Caltrans has a comprehensive program for preventing water pollution during construction activities on the State highway system.  Caltrans has developed a number of resources to assist Caltrans staff and construction contractors with achieving this goal.  Caltrans water pollution control manuals provide direction on how to prepare Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) and Water Pollution Control Programs (WPCP).  Electronic templates of these documents have been prepared to assist construction contractors in their preparation of these documents.  Caltrans has also developed and obtained the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) approval of numerous Best Management Practices (BMPs) for preventing water pollution.

Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center (CICA)
The CICA provides information on how to comply with federal and State laws that regulate stormwater runoff, air quality, hazardous materials and wastes, and endangered species.  This information is provided free of charge by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences with the assistance of the Associated General Contractors of America and the National Association of Home Builders and funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Video: "Hold on to Your Dirt" (English or Spanish)–(Revised 2002) $15
This 20-minute video illustrates installation and maintenance of some of the most common BMPs used for grading projects and for stabilizing disturbed land areas. Filmed locally, the video also includes footage of environmental impacts caused by uncontrolled erosion from construction projects.

Video: "Keep it Clean" (English or Spanish)–(Revised 2002) $15
This video shows the measures to use after mass grading and site stabilization.  BMPs in the video are designed to prevent water pollution from construction-related activities (e.g., painting, stucco, concrete washout facilities or saw-cutting).  The video also discusses State sampling modifications.  The English version is also available on CD.

CD Training Kit: Simple Tools - Construction Site Planning and Management for Water Quality Protection $58
This CD is a complete training kit for Construction Site Planning and Management for Compliance with Phase I and II NPDES requirements.  The CD also contains electronic versions of the 1999 editions of the Erosion and Sediment Control Field Manual and the Guidelines for Construction Projects listed above.

A Primer on Stream and River Protection for the Regulator and Program Manager Technical Reference Circular W.D. 02- #1 (May 2003)
This technical reference document by Ann Riley provides technical assistance for the typical permit applicant to address property managers’ concerns for stream channel stability while addressing the water quality concerns of the SFRWQCB.  It is used to improve the quality and speed of permit applications for projects affecting streams and includes color photos, sketches, diagrams and graphs.  The primer describes the methods of effectively addressing stream bank stability and flooding issues. This document is available for download free of charge at the SFRWQCB website: