The City of Eureka requires that all construction projects implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to keep dirt and construction wastes out of public waterways. Public waterways include streams, lakes, rivers, canals, drainage ditches, and gutters.
Construction Project of More than One Acre
Construction projects disturbing one or more acres of land are regulated by the Construction General Permit (CGP). The City reviews project Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for compliance with the CGP. For projects less than one acre, during the permitting process the City may require an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan if the project appears to have a reasonable pollution risk. All Public Works inspectors inspect their projects to ensure adequate BMPs are in place to prevent pollutants from leaving the construction site and entering public waterways.
Construction Projects of Less than One Acre
Projects less than one acre are grouped into two categories: level one and level two. Level two projects may be required to submit an Erosion and Sediment Control plan due to their increased risk of stormwater pollution. Risk level one projects will need to follow the guidelines issued at the time of the permit. Level two projects have a higher inherent risk of stormwater pollution and will likely require a separate Erosion and Sediment control plan. If the developer can show the project does not pose a significant pollution risk