Land disturbance associated with the construction, installation and/or maintenance of buildings, roads, sewerage or other infrastructure creates the potential for increased soil erosion and consequent sediment pollution of waterways. Reducing these impacts requires awareness and a coordinated approach.
Sediment runoff can destroy aquatic habitats, degrade water quality, reduce the capacity of stormwater infrastructure, contribute to flooding and increase maintenance costs. It's very important for developers, builders and home renovators to know their responsibilities when it comes to proper erosion and sediment control measures.
Good erosion and sediment control involves careful management of the site before, during and after construction, using a combination of control measures. These controls help to minimise site disturbance and trap sediment before it can wash away. They can also prevent the loss of stockpiles and improve building site conditions generally.
If you’re building or renovating, here are a few ways you can help prevent sediment runoff from leaving your site and polluting our waterways:
This handbook provides a practical guide to reduce stormwater pollution from building sites. This document does not override advice issued to you by council.
These guidelines, commonly known as the 'Blue Book', provide support for councils and industry to reduce the impacts of land disturbance activities on waterways by better management of soil erosion and sediment control.
Learn more about erosion and sediment control for your site with this easy to read flyer
Report pollution incidents, including poor erosion and sediment control.
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