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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Construction and Development Effluent Limitation Guidelines

Construction and Development Effluent Limitation Guidelines

Construction and development activity typically involves site selection and planning, and land-disturbing tasks such as clearing, excavating and grading. Disturbed soil, if not managed properly, can be easily washed off site during storm events. Stormwater discharges generated during construction activities can cause an array of physical, chemical and biological impacts to surface waters. Completed construction projects often increase the amount of impervious surface in a watershed and alter the natural infiltration capacity of the land. Water quality can be degraded by construction sites and developed areas due to stormwater runoff that is higher in volume and pollutant loadings than in undisturbed areas. This site provides information on the development of effluent limitation guidelines for the construction industry, including environmental impact.


U.S. EPA Office of Water

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