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Pollution Concerns Spawn Salmon-Safe Accreditation for Contractors

The program focuses on issues of water quality (sediment and pollutants) and water quantity (increase in peak flows from removal of plants and soil). Salmon-Safe assesses company policy affecting water quality, such as stormwater pollution prevention plans, and conducts jobsite inspections. Onsite, for example, contractors are expected to stabilize disturbed areas with erosion mats and mulches until 90% vegetative soil cover is achieved and to store vehicles and equipment in such a way that stormwater will not pick up chemical residue from them. Companies must also ensure that best practices are carried out by subcontractors and must commit to involvement in the design phase.

Accreditation allows a company to display the Salmon-Safe logo and include their credentials in bids; it lasts for five years with annual review. For more information, see www.salmonsafe.org.

 

Published March 29, 2012

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