Maintenance Verification of Structural BMPs in the City of Sacramento
Development projects incorporating any structural hydromodification controls, Low Impact Development measures, source or treatment control measures are required to execute a maintenance agreement for their project at the time of improvement plans review. The maintenance agreement is recorded with the deed for the property and follows property ownership. The agreement template includes provisions for the City of Sacramento to recover costs for maintenance in the event that the property owner fails to fulfill their obligations. The agreement also requires reconstruction or replacement of the feature when it fails to function properly. The maintenance agreement is executed before approval of the project’s improvement plans.
Annual Check-in: Annually, property owners of stormwater management facilities are required to provide maintenance verification certifying the inspection of and the proper maintenance of the treatment control measures, source control measures, LID strategies, site design measures, and hydromodification management strategies as detailed in the Maintenance Agreement for the property. The City sends out letters to property owners in the summer around June requesting maintenance certification documentation. The owners have 30-45 days to respond to the City’s request and submit proof of inspection, maintenance reports, photos, and any other documentation demonstrating that the measures are regularly maintained and functioning properly. The submitted documentation is vetted by City staff and saved in a database for future reference. The City also sends Non-responders reminder letters to submit their maintenance info.
Inspections: City staff inspects a number of sites annually. The sites are selected if their owners do not respond to the City’s request for maintenance documentation. City staff also inspects a select number of sites that submit maintenance documentation to verify the accuracy of the submitted information and photo document the measures.
The presentation will walk the audience through the maintenance verification process and share some photos and lessons learned from the City’s experience (examples include source control, LID, and storm filters).
Dalia is a Senior Engineer in the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities. She has a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley. She has 13 years of experience as an engineer, 11 of which are in the stormwater quality field between the County of Sacramento and City of Sacramento. Most of her experience has been related to the incorporation of stormwater quality features in new development and redevelopment projects, and helping agency staff and development engineers with the implementation of post construction stormwater quality measures.