Municipal operations includes a wide range of activities such as construction and maintenance of roads, buildings, sewer lines and drainage systems; vehicle maintenance and fueling; operation of wastewater treatment plants; and landscape management. Providing employee education, developing and implementing best practices and pollution prevention plans, and conducting inspections are important ways for these municipal operations to prevent pollution.
Each year Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services educates thousands of municipal employees about pollution prevention practices appropriate for their facilities and their work in the field. Training sessions are done in-person or through computer-based programs. All training is tailored to the type of operation; for example, landscape management employees receive pollution prevention training specific for landscaping.
Facility Operations - Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans and Inspections
Some municipal facilities have more potential for generating stormwater pollution than others, such as a vehicle maintenance shop or street maintenance yard. Storm Water Services maintains an inventory of these types of facilities, has helped each facility to develop a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), and works with facility staff to inspect them twice a year for compliance with their SWPPP.
The SWPPP is the facility’s guide for preventing and minimizing storm water pollution. Each SWPPP includes information such as: a description of potential pollution sources, practices for minimizing pollution, spill prevention and response plan, inspection and monitoring forms, and site map showing locations of significant materials and storm water outfalls. See example of a city facility SWPPP.
Field Operations - Best Practices
Much of the work that municipal employees conduct takes place in the field, meaning away from offices and work facilities. Staff is continually evaluating, developing and implementing best practices to minimize pollution that may enter the storm water system as a result of these field operations. For example, Landscape Management employees and contractors are educated to blow grass clippings and other landscape waste away from storm drains. The following links provide documents about best practices for various municipal field operations: