BMP Inspection and Maintenance
A key component of sustainable stormwater management is ensuring that the practices we are claiming for pollutant reduction credit in the Bay actually exist, are working as intended, and are maintained properly over their design life. Without sufficient inspection and maintenance procedures, practices are not only likely to suffer from reduced water quality function, but can also lose their other community benefits.
Visual inspections are rapid investigations that use simple indicators to determine whether a practice is still functioning as intended and can be piggy-backed as part of routine stormwater BMP inspections required under local MS4 permits.
If the field inspection indicates that a BMP is not performing to its original design, the locality would have the opportunity to take corrective maintenance or rehabilitation actions to bring it back into compliance.
For more information on visual indicators and to review other CSN inspection and maintenance resources, see below:
Listen to our archived webcasts on urban BMP inspection, maintenance and verification here: