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Erosion and Sediment Control


The purpose of erosion and sediment control best management practices (BMPs) is to prevent soil from leaving a construction site.

Erosion control is a non-structural practice that involves strategic management of a construction site to minimize the disturbed area and the amount of time the site is exposed to runoff. Sediment control is accomplished through structural practices that involve intercepting loose sediments on the construction site to prevent their transport off-site.

Airport-Specific Resources
FAA Advisory Circular 150/5370-10G, Standards for Specifying Construction of Airports This Advisory Circular contains construction specifications including dust controls more rigorous than some state standards. Item P-156 contains specifications for temporary erosion control BMPs. Dust control is covered in P-156-3.2

ACRP Report 42: Sustainable Airport Construction Practices This report contains relevant case studies for achieving greater sustainability in construction practices, including stormwater controls.

Other Resources
Because construction activities are not exclusive to airports, there are many resources available, including state-specific erosion and sediment control resources. Common state agencies with specific standards and resources include departments of transportation and natural resource agencies.

State Resource Locator Tool This database contains links to state resources to aid in determining state-specific stormwater regulation guidance materials.

Environmental Protection Agency National Menu of BMPs for Stormwater This website contains BMPs categorized according to the six tenants of the municipal separate storm sewer system permit. The categories most applicable to airports include Construction, Post-construction and Pollution Prevention.

International Stormwater BMP Database This database provides a resource to locate structural BMP performance data and studies. It is supported by a coalition of partners and provides a wide variety of information. Guidance is also provided for monitoring of BMPs.


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