Storm Drainage Good Practices Table

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There are a number of good management practices (these are known as Best Management Practices -- BMP) that can reduce pollution in the municipal separate storm sewer system.  The table below and the referenced website are provided as aids in determining what practices are available.  The City of Sedona is also committed to implementing good practices at its worksites and property.

Erosion Control

Dirt/Dust Control

Trash and Debris Control

Oil, grease, and gasoline Control

Miscellaneous Tips

The measures listed below are intended to control erosion of dirt, rock and other debris with the eroded material being carried into the storm system by runoff

The measures listed below are intended to control dirt and dust being washed off of surfaces and carried to the storm system by runoff

The measures listed below are intended to limit the amount of trash and garbage reaching the storm system

The measures listed below are intended to reduce the amount of oil, grease, and gasoline related to cars and trucks from reaching the storm system

The measures listed below address a number of ways to reduce the introduction of pollutants into the storm system

  1. Cover or seed piles.
  2. Use and maintain settling ponds.
  3. Compact soils well.
  4. Don’t run water over steep slopes, loose dirt, or loose rock.
  5. Avoid long,steep slopes.
  6. Use hay, wattles or similar material to slow water.
  7. Use silt fences to contain eroded material
  8. Do not store or leave loose material in waterways.
  9. Phase construction to minimize exposed dirt and loose rock areas.
  10. Use rock, filter cloth or other material over  storm drain inlets to filter eroded material out of the water.
  11. Place containment barriers around all exterior storage areas.
  12. Stay on designated trails and roads.  Treading on new ground can cause erosion. 
  1. Cover or seed piles.
  2. Keep dirt piles moist.
  3. Don’t track mud onto streets and sidewalks.
  4. Avoid working in muddy conditions
  5. Maintain and refresh rock pads in the entrance to construction areas and keep tires clean.
  6. Sweep sidewalks, driveways, and streets areas rather than washing them down.
  7. Use rock, filter cloth or other material over  storm drain inlets to filter silt out of the water.
  1. Put solid waste into trash containers not the wash.
  2. Put cups, wrappings, bags, and other trash in trash cans. Don’t litter.
  3. Put landscape clippings, and other vegetative waste into trashcans.
  4. Make sure that trashcans are not overfilled on windy days.
  5. Use rock, filter cloth or other material over  storm drain inlets to filter debris out of the water.
  6. Businesses should provide adequate and easily located trash receptacles for customers
  7. Discard diapers, bottles,cans, cigarette butts, string, can pull tabs,and other debris in trash cans not on sidewalks, streets, or the ground.
  8. Carry a trash bag for trash when driving or hiking. Don't throw trash on the ground.
  9. Don't drain trash can or other container wash water to the storm drain or other drainage ways. 
  1. Have oil and grease changed at a professional mechanics shop.
  2. Wash your vehicles at a commercial car wash
  3. If you change your own automotive fluids capture them in a proper container and take them to a recycling center.
  4. Parking lot drainage should be filtered prior to being discharged to the City system or offsite.
  5. Maintain the filter devices or area by periodically removing the filter material and replacing it with fresh filter material
  6. Keep the area around grease traps and grease containers free of dripping or spilled oil and grease.
  7. Use absorbent material to collect spills and dispose of swept materials properly.
  8. Sweep streets and parking lots frequently
  1. Do not connect the sanitary  sewer or other waste piping to the storm system.
  2. Do not wash paint, solvents, concrete, or other construction materials into the storm system.
  3. Pick up after your animals. Scoop Poop.
  4. Place containment barriers around all exterior chemical storage areas.
  5. Do not overuse pesticides, insecticides or solvents..
  6. Maintain BMPs to keep them effect.
  7. Don't pour drink on the ground.