September 26, 2003 - Posted at: 2:08 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will hold a series of informal meetings in October to help building contractors and others learn about new permit requirements for construction activities that can cause erosion and water pollution.
Storm water - water that washes over land when it rains, poses a serious pollution problem. It is a powerful force on construction sites, where the water whisks away sediment, debris and chemicals from exposed soil. Storm water carries pollutants to Arkansas' streams and lakes, where it damages water quality.
ADEQ has developed a new permit that requires construction site operators to develop plans for preventing storm water pollution at sites that disturb one acre or more of land.
The meetings will provide information about important steps to control erosion, such as building effective silt fences, stabilizing construction sites and protecting storm drains. ADEQ encourages contractors, city officials and others to attend the meetings.