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feature Guidelines for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan well ahead if a building site may be seeking U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED accreditation By Deborah A. Vennos, Associate, Robinson & Cole, LLP Plans Available By now, most of the construction industry is well aware that the U.S. Green Building Council has developed a system for registering and certifying a project at certain levels of green building under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. There are 69 possible points in four categories of certification. A project awarded 33-38 points is designated “Silver,” 39-51 points is “Gold,” and 52-69 points is “Platinum.” Fourteen points are available for stormwater management practices. Therefore, preconstruction planning in the stormwater design phase may be an essential step in achieving LEED certification. Even if LEED certification is not part of the overall project goal, a stormwater management plan is a federal and state-mandated requirement for most construction sites. Pursuant to its authority under the Clean Water Act, and as part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) for all construction sites that are one acre or larger. A SWPPP is also required if the construction site is less than one acre, but is part of a larger development that is at least one acre in area. According to EPA, “polluted stormwater runoff is a leading cause of impairment to the nearly 40 percent of surveyed U.S. water bodies which do not meet water quality standards.” In an effort to ameliorate such environmental impacts from construction site run-off, the SWPPP was developed to identify all potential pollution sources that could reasonably be expected to affect the quality of stormwater discharges from construction sites, describe practices to be used to reduce such pollutants, and ensure compliance with NPDES permit terms and conditions. In May 2007, EPA issued a guideline, “Developing Your Stormwater Pollution © CONNstruction / Summer 2008 / 35

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CONNstruction - Summer 2008
Going Forward
AGC/CT: Why Belong? Reasons Vary
Is the Glass Regulated Fill or Flowable Fill?
A Winning Strategy
Member Participation Vital to Success of Legislative Efforts
Just Cause...
Winner: Large New Construction Project
Winner: Large Renovation Project
Winner: Small Renovation Project
Winner: First-Time Applicant Award
Second Place Winners
Workshop Provides Education on Pervious Concrete as a Stormwater Solution
Guidelines for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans Available
2008 Build CT Awards
UCAC at the NUCA Conference
Keep CT Moving Transportation Summit
UCAC’s Spring General Membership Meeting
WorkZone Safety Press Conference
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Summer 2008