Storm Water Guidelines

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Guidelines and Information

Web Links for Project Design Resources to Assist in Meeting Development Standards for Stormwater Quality

  • Palo Alto Municipal Code Chapter 16.11 informally known as the "C.3 regulations". The "C.3" designation refers to New and Redevelopment Requirements section of the storm water discharge permit issued to the City of Palo Alto and other members of the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program by the Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • "Start at the Source Manual" for site design techniques to meet development standards for stormwater quality (1999)
  • "Using Site Design Techniques to Meet Development Standards for Stormwater Quality", another companion document to "Start at the Source Manual" prepared by the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA) (May 2003)
  • Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) Handbooks. The California stormwater Best Management Practice Handbooks have provided excellent guidance to the stormwater community since their publication by the Stormwater Quality Task Force (SWQTF) in 1993. The SWQTF has initiated the Handbook Update Project to revise and update the Handbooks to reflect current practices, standards, and knowledge gained about the effectiveness of Best Management Practices (BMPs), and to make the Handbooks more accessible.
  • Stabilized Construction Entrance/Exit. A stabilized construction access is a temporary control measure defined by a point of entrance/exit to a construction site that is stabilized to reduce the tracking of mud and dirt onto public roads by construction vehicles. (Caltrans)
  • Hazardous Waste Management on the Construction Site. Proper storage and disposal of construction materials and hazardous wastes from the construction site prevents the discharge of pollutants to storm drains and watercourses. Managing hazardous wastes - to reduce potential risks to project personnel and the site - requires knowledge and diligence from both contractor and City inspection staff. (Caltrans)
  • BMP Maintenance. Once implemented, Best Management Practices (BMPs) require continued attention. Maintaining BMPs to ensure proper functioning for the duration of the project is a critical storm water pollution prevention requirement.
  • Removal and Cleanup of Temporary BMPs. Temporary storm water Best Management Practices (BMPs) are just that - temporary. After an install BMP, such as a silt fence or sandbag barrier, is no longer needed on the project, it must be removed by the Permittee. This bulletin reviews responsibilities for ensuring that temporary BMPS are properly removed from the site to meet water pollution control requirements. (Caltrans)
  • Stormwater Quality Protection Site Design Measures for Single-Family Homes.