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Construction Site Diversion  


Code References

  • "Channelized runoff from adjacent areas passing through the site shall be diverted around disturbed areas, if practical." (Reference: Section 290-7.2.e-1 of the City Code of Ordinances).
  • "Diverted runoff shall be conveyed in a manner that will not erode the conveyance and receiving channels." (Reference: Section 290-7.2.e-1 of the City Code of Ordinances).
  • "Erosion control measures shall be placed along down slope areas and along side slope areas as required to prevent or reduce erosion where erosion during construction will result in a loss of soil to waters of the state, public sewer inlets or off-site." (Reference: Section Comm 21.125(1)(a) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code).

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  • Diversion structures shall be inspected weekly at minimum and within 24 hours after a precipitation event of 0.5 inches or greater.
  • Sediment deposits shall be properly disposed of when the deposits have accumulated to 1/2 the height of the diversion berm.
  • Diversion can be used as a temporary storm water runoff control measure for the following conditions: (1) Above disturbed areas to limit runoff coming onto the site; (2) Across slopes to limit slope length; (3) Below slopes to divert runoff to stabilized areas; (4) To divert sediment laden runoff to treatment facilities; (5) At the perimeter of the the disturbed area to keep sediment retained on the construction site.
  • Diversion berms shall have side slopes of 2 (horizontal) to 1 (vertical) or flatter and not be overtopped by the 2-year, 24-hour duration storm event.
  • Diversion berms shall have a minimum top width of 2 feet and a minimum height of 1.5 feet.
  • Diversion berms shall be stabilized as soon as they are constructed and prior to any down slope disturbances.
  • When designing diversion berms, consider the use of an emergency overflow section to limit damage during storms exceeding the 2-year, 24-hour duration event.  Rip rap protection shall be provided at overflow sections.

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