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Best Management Practices (BMP) Manual
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Section 1 -- BMP Manual Overview
A brief background on the locally implemented federally-mandated Stormwater Programs and explanation of the purpose of this Manual.
File Name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
1.1.pdf 101kb 01/29/08 Cover Page
1.2.pdf 17kb 01/29/08 Acknowledgements
1.3.pdf 12kb 01/29/08 Foreward
1.4.pdf 33kb 01/29/08 Table of Contents
1.5.pdf 99kb 01/29/08 Introduction
1.6.pdf 10kb 01/29/08 BMP Manual Contacts
Section 2 -- Local Requirements
Stormwater requirements may vary based on location and local ordinance. Requirements are divided into construction and post-construction (permanent) BMPs.
File Name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
2.1.pdf 45kb 01/29/08 Chattanooga
2.2.pdf 46kb 01/29/08 Collegedale
2.3.pdf 53kb 01/29/08 East Ridge
2.4.pdf 53kb 01/29/08 Hamilton County
2.5.pdf 53kb 01/29/08 Lakesite
2.6.pdf 53kb 01/29/08 Lookout Mountain
2.7.pdf 54kb 01/29/08 Red Bank
2.8.pdf 54kb 01/29/08 Ridgeside
2.9.pdf 9kb 01/29/08 Signal Mountain
2.10.pdf 54kb 01/29/08 Soddy Daisy
Section 3 -- BMP Selection Guidelines (for Construction and Permanent BMP Design)
Selecting the right BMPs for expected rain events and subsequent runoff rates cannot be over emphasized in BMP effectiveness. Go to ‘BMP Selection Quick Links’ in this Section to find recommended BMPs for specific projects.
File Name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
3.1.pdf 121kb 01/29/08 BMP Selection Guidelines (includes removal efficiencies)
3.2.pdf 163kb 01/29/08 Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
3.3.pdf 79kb 01/29/08 1st Flush/Water Quality Requirement
3.4.pdf 117kb 01/29/08 Peak Flow Calculations (Permanent Basins)
3.5.pdf 14kb 01/29/08 Acceptable Peak Flow and Detention Design Software
3.6.pdf 68kb 01/29/08 Discharges in Impaired or High Quality Watersheds
3.7.1 Borrow and Fill Sites
4.2cfd.pdf -----Compost Filter Berms
6.2.pdf -----Construction Sequence
4.4ce.pdf -----Construction Exit
4.10st.pdf -----Sediment Trap
6.4di.pdf -----Temporary Diversion Ditch
3.7.2 Industrial Development
9.1rag.pdf -----Bio-retention Basin/Rain Garden
12.1.pdf -----BMP Maintenance Guidelines and Inspection Checklists
7.1ddb.pdf -----Dry Detention Basin
10.1.pdf -----Proprietary Devices
3.7.3 Landscaping
11.1.pdf -----Landscaping with Native Plants
9.1rag.pdf -----Bio-Retention Basin/Rain Garden
9.6gr.pdf -----Green Roofs
5.6mu.pdf -----Mulching
3.7.4 Limited Space Development
9.1rag.pdf -----Bio-retention Basin/Rain Garden
9.6gr.pdf -----Green Roofs
9.8pop.pdf -----Porous Pavement
10.1.pdf -----Proprietary Devices
3.7.5 Maintenance of BMPs
-----City of Chattanooga Maintenance of Detention Devices
-----Sample Inspection Report
-----Hamilton County Site Inspection Form
3.7.6 Rainfall Measurement
-----NOAA Weather Observations for Past 3 Days -Chattanooga
-----NOAA National Weather Service Enhanced Radar Image -Huntsville
3.7.7 Residential Subdivision
6.2.pdf -----Construction Sequence
4.4ce.pdf -----Construction Exit
4.6ip.pdf -----Inlet Protection
4.8sb.pdf -----Sediment Basin
3.7.8 Single Family/Duplex Residential Construction
4.3cfs.pdf -----Compost Filter Socks
4.4ce.pdf -----Construction Exit
5.6mu.pdf -----Mulching
4.11sf.pdf -----Silt Fence
4.12sfdr.pdf -----Single Family/Duplex Residential
3.7.9 Small Commercial Development (5 Acres or Less)
9.1rag.pdf -----Bio-retention Basin/Rain Garden
12.1.pdf -----BMP Maintenance Guidelines and Inspection Checklists
7.1ddb.pdf -----Dry Detention Basin
10.1.pdf -----Proprietary Devices
Section 4 -- Sediment Control
When storm events cause sediment and contaminant laden waters to begin to migrate off-site, these temporary BMPs help keep contaminants on-site, preventing them from entering the stormwater system and moving into local streams and lakes.
File Name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
4.1cd.pdf 684kb 01/29/08 Check Dam
4.2cfd.pdf 78kb 01/29/08 Compost Filter Berms
4.3cfs.pdf 647kb 01/29/08 Compost Filter Socks
4.4ce.pdf 233kb 01/29/08 Construction Exit
4.5fr.pdf 247kb 01/29/08 Filter Ring
4.6ip.pdf 689kb 01/29/08 Inlet Protection
4.7op.pdf 196kb 01/29/08 Outlet Protection
4.8sb.pdf 570kb 01/29/08 Sediment Basin
4.9sd.pdf 168kb 01/29/08 Sediment Dewatering
4.10st.pdf 275kb 01/29/08 Sediment Trap
4.11sf.pdf 347kb 01/29/08 Silt Fence
4.12sfdr.pdf 1.2mb 01/29/08 Single Family/Duplex Residential
Section 5 -- Site Stabilization
These BMPs focus on getting the land disturbance area stabilized as quickly and efficiently as possible.
File Name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
5.1bar.pdf 340kb 01/29/08 Barriers
5.2ch.pdf 285kb 01/29/08 Channel Stabilization with Basic Flow Calculations
5.3ge.pdf 643kb 01/29/08 Geotextile
5.4gt.pdf 2.2mb 01/29/08 Gradient Treatment/Terracing
5.5ma.pdf 372kb 01/29/08 Matting
5.6mu.pdf 145kb 01/29/08 Mulching
5.7pam.pdf 48kb 01/29/08 Polyacrylamide (includes Flocculents) (PAM)
5.8rr.pdf 347kb 01/29/08 Riprap
5.9seed.pdf 58kb 01/29/08 Seeding
5.10sd.pdf 58kb 01/29/08 Slope Drain
5.11sod.pdf 279kb 01/29/08 Sodding
5.12sr.pdf 193kb 01/29/08 Surface Roughening
5.13tsc.pdf 77kb 01/29/08 Top Soil Conservation
Section 6 -- Improved Practices (Site Management)
These are improved site management practices, especially for larger land disturbance sites where there is greater potential for higher volumes of contaminated runoff.
File Name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
6.1cw.pdf 188kb 01/29/08 Concrete Washout
6.2cs.pdf 61kb 01/29/08 Construction Sequence
6.3ewm.pdf 80kb 01/29/08 Equipment Storage, Cleaning and Maintenance
6.4di.pdf 338kb 01/29/08 Temporary Diversion Ditch
6.5.pdf 292kb 01/29/08 Tree and Ground Cover Retention
Section 7 -- Permanent Basins
Well-maintained basins keep large volumes of sediment and other pollutants out of receiving water bodies. They are often used to meet 1st Flush Requirements.
File Name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
7.1ddb.pdf 465kb 01/29/08 Dry Retention Basin
7.2ugd.pdf 314kb 01/29/08 Underground Detention
7.3wdb.pdf 472kb 01/29/08 Wet Detention Basin
Section 8 -- Filters

These BMPs give specific water quality treatment and are often used to compliment other BMPs.

File Name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
8.1fs.pdf 125kb 01/29/08 Floatable Skimmer (aka. Oil/Water Separator)
8.2mef.pdf 336kb 01/29/08 Media Sand Filter
Section 9 -- Low Impact Designs
To ensure long-term higher quality stormwater runoff after the project is complete, these BMPs can be esthetically pleasing and improve property value. 
File Name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
9.1rag.pdf 696kb 01/29/08 Bio-retention Basin/Rain Garden
9.2buz.pdf 212kb 01/29/08 Buffer Zone
9.3ce.pdf 176kb 01/29/08 Conservation Easement
9.4cw.pdf 993kb 01/29/08 Constructed Wetland
9.5fss.pdf 136kb 01/29/08 Filter Strips and Swale
9.6gr.pdf 456kb 01/29/08 Green Roofs
9.7les.pdf 481kb 01/29/08 Level Spreader
9.8pop.pdf 484kb 01/29/08 Porous Pavement
9.9ssm.pdf 512kb 11/15/07 Steep Slope Management
Section 10 -- Limited Space Devices (and other Proprietary Devices)
These permanent devices function in limited space. However, based on pollutants of concern, expected runoff flow rates and maintenance access, careful consideration must be given to selection of the appropriate device.  (Note: these are proprietary units. Inclusion in this manual does NOT constitute an endorsement of these devices nor vouch for their pollutant removal rates.) 
File Name Title
10.1.pdf Proprietary Devices
10.1.1 AquaShield
10.1.2 BaySaver
10.1.3 Crystalstream Water Quality Vault
10.1.4 CSPi Design of Underground Detention Systems for Stormwater Management
10.1.5 CULTEC chambers
10.1.6 Downstream Defender
10.1.7 Filterra Stormwater Bioretention Filtration System
10.1.8 Flo-Gard Dual Vortex Hydrodynamic Separator
10.1.9 Proprietary Stormwater Quality Units Selection Guide (City of Nashville)
10.1.10 Stormceptor
10.1.11 Suntree Baffle Box
10.1.12 Vortech
Section 11 -- Landscaping References
Establishing permanent ground cover and other vegetation is often the very effective erosion and sediment control.
File Name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
11.1.pdf 45kb 01/29/08 Landscaping with Native Plants
11.2.pdf 345kb 01/29/08 Pesticide, Herbicide and Fertilizer Usage Guidance - Municipality of Chattanooga
11.3.pdf 298kb 01/29/08 Selecting, Establishing and Maintaining the Fescues
11.4.pdf 644kb 01/29/08 Tree Protection BMPs for Contractors and Builders
11.5.pdf 6kb 01/29/08 What Works Where It's Wet (Flower)
Section 12 -- Maintenance Checklists
The checklists are invaluable tools. Checklists used by the local programs for land disturbance permit inspections are included. Using checklists will enhance efforts to maintain compliance with the local, state and federal stormwater rules and regulations.
File Name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
12.1.pdf 64kb 01/29/08 BMPs Maintenance Guidelines and Inspection Checklists
12.2.pdf 10kb 01/29/08 Stormwater (Detention/Water Quality) Structures Inspection Checklist
12.3.pdf 1.5mb 01/29/08 Maintenance of Detention Devices
12.4.pdf 107kb 01/29/08 Example Permanent Maintenance Agreement
12.4.1 Chattanooga
12.4.2 Hamilton County
12.5.pdf 37kb 01/29/08 Sample Inspection Form
Section 13 -- References
References used throughout the manual are listed in the acknowledgements and/or below. Many other references were used to develop specific sections of the manual and are referenced within those sections.
Gordon England and Stuart Stein, Selection, Maintenance, and Monitoring of Stormwater BMPs, ISBN# 978-0-9707687-7-3, July 2007,
Knoxville (city of), Knoxville Stormwater Engineering Division, City of Knoxville BMP Manual: 
Minton, Gary, Ph.D., P.E., Stormwater Treatment: Biological, Chemical & Engineering Principles, 2005.
Tennessee, Department of Transportation (TDOT), Design Division Drainage Manual (Updated 03-15-07):
USEPA, (United States Environmental Protection Agency), “Green infrastructure Memo”, March 5, 2007.
USEPA, Office of Wastewater Management (OWM), “National Menu of Stormwater Best Management Practices”.
USEPA, Stormwater Best Management Practice Design Guide, Volume 1, General Considerations:
Section 14 -- Website Links
Center For Watershed Protection
Center For Watershed Protection, National Pollutant Removal Performance Database, Version3, September , 2007:
EPA, Office of Wastewater,  National Menu of Stormwater Best Management Practices
EPA SWPPP Guidance:
EPA BMP Guidance:
Engineering News-Record Article, Green Roof Study:
International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database
NOAA Weather Observations for the Past Three Days – Chattanooga, Lovell Field:,
NOAA National Weather Service Enhanced Radar Image – Storm Total Precipitation and other maps, Huntsville Radar (shows Chattanooga):
TDEC Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook:
TDEC’s EPA-Approved TMDLs Arranged by Watershed:
TDOT Design Drainage Manual:
Section 15 -- Local Requirement Links
Hamilton County Water Quality Program
Water Quality Homepage:
  Stormwater Requirements for Single and/or Two-Family Residence Construction (PDF FORM)
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