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As we quickly approach another construction season, the City of Watertown would like to remind all Engineering and Building Permit holders (which include grading or other ground-disturbance activity) to be mindful of the required use of “Best Management Practices” (BMPs). Some of the benefits of the required BMPs are to: minimize sediment and construction-related debris from leaving construction sites, reduce or eliminate damages to neighboring property or public infrastructure such as the City’s storm sewer system, and to help prevent pollution in streams, rivers, and lakes.
The City of Watertown is required to maintain and enforce erosion and sediment control standards as part of the City’s Stormwater Permit from the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). All construction activity within the city is required to follow the recognized BMP practices. Examples include: limiting access to the site, preserving or establishing vegetated buffers, installing silt fences downstream of exposed soil, properly containing concrete washout and waste materials, sweeping escaped sediment daily, dust control, protecting stockpiles and construction materials from wind and rain, immediately cleaning up spills, and re-stabilizing construction sites as soon as possible when the work is complete (no longer than after two weeks of construction inactivity). The City thanks our permit holders for their past and future cooperation in implementing and maintaining the required erosion and sediment controls. Please refer to the City’s Erosion and Sediment Control Best Management Practices Manual, or contact the City Engineering Department for more information.