Construction Site Inspection Program

Construction sites that lack adquate stormwater controls can contribute a significant amount of sediment to nearby bodies of water. The information below describes the major components used for evaluating compliance of stormwater controls at construction sties. The City of Abilene requires construction site operators to implement a sediment and erosion control program which includes Best Management Practices (BMPs) that are appropriate for the conditions of the construction site, including efforts to minimize the area of land disturbance.

On March 5, 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) released the "New General Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Permit for Construction Activities." This general permit authorizes the discharge of stormwater runoff associated with small and large construction sites and certain non-stormwater discharges into surface water in the state. 

The City’s Stormwater Services Division is responsible for enforcing federal, state and local Stormwater Construction permit requirements throughout the City of Abilene. This includes ensuring that sites are properly permitted and, if required, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans are implemented. They also ensure that erosion and sediment controls are adequately maintained on these sites.

For Questions or Concerns contact:

Mary Martinez, Stormwater Compliance Specialist, at (325) 676-6448

A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP or SWP3) is a document that identifies sources and activities at a particular facility or construction site that may contribute pollutants to stormwater runoff by discharging into the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). The SWPPP outlines a plan developed by the operator to minimize pollutants from coming off the site and into the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System by using specific site control measures or Best Management Practices (BMPs).

A SWPPP must be prepared and implemented prior to the beginning of construction activities in accordance with the requirements of the Construction General Permit or any individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit issued for stormwater discharges from the construction site.