San Diego County Public Works - A Recipe for Construction General Permit Success
The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the approach that the County of San Diego Public Works (County) executes to assure compliance with the Construction General Permit (CGP) at the County’s flood control, transportation, and public works construction projects. This presentation will also explain how to gain contractor buy-in of CGP implementation directly from the contractor’s representative.
The overall presentation will consist of four short discussions:
First speaker will be the engineer from the County explaining the procedures, third-party (someone not associated with the project) audits, payment options, etc. (tools/concepts) that help assure CGP compliance.
Second speaker will be the third-party auditor explaining the overall status of CGP compliance at County construction sites, describe the procedures implemented at the project level to increase the success of CGP compliance, and discuss some of knowledge the auditor imparted to the project staff.
Third speaker will be a local contractor’s Environmental Manager responsible for various projects within San Diego and Imperial Counties who will discuss the organizational structure, the procedures, and the tools he employs to increase the success of CGP compliance. He will highlight the successes at the San Vicente Road Improvement Project near Ramona, CA. He will discuss the importance of CGP compliance and what the County does to help him the contractor staff achieve compliance.
Fourth speaker will be the lead inspector working for the County on the San Vicente Project who will discuss the procedures and tools (e.g. trained, accepting staff on site, third-party auditor, communication, weather monitoring, communication with the contractor, etc.) that he used during the course of the project. He will discuss some of the CGP challenges encountered during the course of the project (e.g. run-on flows from adjacent properties, storm water sampling, groundwater reuse, establishing vegetation, wild-life friendly fiber rolls, etc.). He will describe County staff actions that helped advance contractor buy-in of CGP compliance.
A summary of the tools, ideas, and concepts are as follows:
• It starts at the top. The owner needs place an importance on CGP compliance and ensure that all projects have the elements (trained, accepting staff in the field, access to third-party knowledge, payment methods, and good communication) needed to succeed.
• Contractor staff need to place an importance on CGP compliance and ensure that project staff have the elements (trained, accepting staff, staff with more than basic knowledge, monitoring weather with plans in place, and good communication) needed to succeed.
• Field representatives for the owner need to place an importance on CGP compliance and ensure that project staff have the elements (staff with more than basic knowledge, monitoring weather and ensuring that the contractor has plans in place, and implements the plan when needed, and good communication) needed to succeed.
The presentation is an informational piece that includes discussions from speakers representing the important parties of public works projects. The PowerPoint presentations will include pictures of real world examples from each party. The audience will learn from different perspectives what it takes to make CGP compliance a successful part of a public works project.
The conference theme “Source to Resource” is difficult to address during compliance with the CGP. However, the San Vicente Project encountered higher than anticipated groundwater during the construction of the outlet structure for a culvert under the new roadway. Previous analysis of the groundwater indicated that the water could be collected and reused on-site for backfill lubrication and dust control. This item will be discussed during the presentation.