Controlling construction stormwater runoff
Champagne, Alice J. M.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long recognized stormwater runoff as one of the leading causes of impairment of streams, and as a result, developed Phase I stormwater requirements in 1990, which resulted in the first NPDES Stormwater Discharge Associated with Construction Activity General Permit ("General Permit"). In 2003, Georgia adopted a second issuance of its General Permit. Partnering with other riverkeeper groups and watershed protection groups throughout Georgia, the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR) is tackling contamination of our waterways from polluted sediment runoff from construction activities. Through an innovative project called "Get the Dirt Out", the implementation and effectiveness of the General Permit are being monitored. By creating educational materials about the Georgia General Permit for citizens, local governments and developers, the Get the Dirt Out project will target one of Georgia's leading water quality problems associated with runoff from construction sites.