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Stormwater Engineering Division
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City of Knoxville
Engineering Department
Stormwater Engineering Division

Note 1: People are encouraged to use this website to obtain the entire BMP Manual or particular portions that they may be interested in. Check often for updates and revisions. The BMP Manual is also available on CD-ROM (when supplies are available) at the Engineering Technical Services Counter, Room 462 of the City County Building.
Note 2:

The various portions of the BMP Manual are in Adobe Reader file format (as signified by  *.pdf  filenames).  The Adobe files can be viewed on screen or printed using the free software called Adobe Reader.

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Note 4: Please contact the Stormwater Engineering Division, Room 480 in the City County Building, with written comments or suggestions. Be specific concerning the page number and location. E-mail comments to bedalton@cityofknoxville.org.
Note 5: The entire BMP Manual can be downloaded as a single PDF file with bookmarks to easily navigate document. If bookmarks are not visible in the PDF file, then choose menu item "Show Bookmarks". It is highly recommended that a user have a cable connection for the document to successfully download.

Entire BMP Manual
File: knoxvilleBMP.pdf
Size: 9,952 kb; 521 pages

[03-12-14] Added IC-15 (Mobile Food Service Operations) and Revised the Introductory Notes Page, Acknowledgements Page, Revisions Page, and the Table of Contents.

[07-19-13] Revised Chapter 6 (Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan).

[12-31-12] Revised IC-10 (Dumpsters).

[05-10-11] Revised ES-14 (Silt Fence).

[01-19-10] Revised Chapter 8 (List of Related Websites).

[10-28-09] Revised ES-24 (Temporary Inlet Protection).

[10-26-07] Revised ST-01 (Dry Detention Basin), ST-02 (Wet Detention Basin) and ST-10 (Detention Computations).

[08-10-07] Revised IC-08 (Power and Pressure Washing).

[04-24-07]    Added 3 Special Pollution Abatement Permits for Vehicle and Equipment Facilities (vehicle and equipment dealerships and storage facilities, fueling stations, repair shops, etc.), Vehicle Wash Facilities (car washed, etc.), and Large Parking Lot Facilities (large parking lots, warehouses, etc.)
Revised the Special Pollution Permit Application specifically for Food Handling and Processing Facilities (restaurants, grocery stores, food services, etc.).

[06-01-06]    Added a new Special Pollution Abatement Permit Application specifically for Food Handling and Processing Facilities (restaurants, grocery stores, food services, etc.).

[5-30-03]    The BMP Manual was changed extensively to incorporate the revised Stormwater and Street Ordinance and also the reissued NPDES permit from TDEC. Other comments were incorporated, with an additional category for RH (Residential & Homeowners).

[7-29-03]    Revised ES-29 to match new TDOT standard details for erosion control.

Section 1  -  Main Text of BMP Manual

File name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
49 kb
05/03 Label to insert into spine for a 3" binder
49 kb
05/03 Title Page
73 kb
03/14 Introductory Notes Page
25 kb
03/14 Acknowledgements Page
31 kb
03/14 Revisions Page
39 kb
03/14 Table of Contents
22 kb
05/03 List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
31 kb
05/03 Chapter 1 – Introduction
33 kb
05/03 Chapter 2 – Erosion and Sediment Control
96 kb
05/03 Chapter 3 – Stormwater Pollutants
76 kb
05/03 Chapter 4 – Selecting BMPs
39 kb
05/03 Chapter 5 – Erosion and Sediment Control Plan
37 kb
07/13 Chapter 6 – Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
25 kb
05/03 Chapter 7 – Special Pollution Abatement Permit
49 kb
06/06 SPAP Application Form - General (Chapter 7)
45 kb
01/14 SPAP Application Form - Food Handling & Processing Facilities (Chapter 7)
44 kb
01/14 SPAP Application Form - Vehicle & Equipment Facilties (Chapter 7)
43 kb
01/14 SPAP Application Form - Vehicle Wash Facilties (Chapter 7)
43 kb
01/14 SPAP Application Form - Large Parking Lot Facilties (Chapter 7)
35 kb
01/10 Chapter 8 – List of Related Websites
35 kb
05/03 Chapter 9 – Glossary of Terms
87 kb
05/03 Chapter 10 – List of References

Section 2  -  BMPs for Activities and Methods (AM)

The BMPs listed in this section are generally applicable to all types of land uses.  Although generally written from the point of view of construction activities and operations, these BMPs also pertain to existing developed properties such as commercial and industrial facilities, schools and institutions, houses and apartment buildings, etc.  These BMPs focus on good housekeeping measures that reduce or eliminate stormwater pollutants.

File name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
AM-01.pdf 85 kb 05/03 Employee Training
AM-01TAB.pdf 69 kb 05/03 Table - Quick Reference for Disposal Alternatives
AM-02.pdf 65 kb 01/01 Construction Scheduling
AM-03.pdf 111 kb 01/01 Preservation of Existing Vegetation
AM-03TAB.pdf 48 kb 01/01 Table – Knoxville Tree Protection Ordinance
AM-04.pdf 48 kb 05/03 Maintenance of Existing Drainage Systems
AM-05.pdf 68 kb 05/03 Storm Drainage System Flushing
AM-06.pdf 140 kb 01/01 Material Delivery and Storage
AM-07.pdf 91 kb 01/01 Spill Prevention and Control
AM-07TAB.pdf 29 kb 05/03 Table - Emergency and Regulatory Contacts
AM-08.pdf 113 kb 05/03 Waste Management and Recycling
AM-09.pdf 70 kb 05/03 Sanitary and Septic Waste Management
AM-10.pdf 79 kb 01/01 Contaminated Soil Management
AM-11.pdf 63 kb 01/01 Dust Control
AM-12.pdf 639 kb 01/01 Dewatering Operations
AM-13.pdf 106 kb 01/01 Pesticide, Herbicide and Fertilizer Use
AM-14.pdf 84 kb 05/03 Vehicle and Equipment Cleaning
AM-15.pdf 111 kb 05/03 Vehicle and Equipment Fueling
AM-16.pdf 111 kb 05/03 Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance
AM-17.pdf 61 kb 01/01 Paving Operations
AM-18.pdf 61 kb 01/01 Concrete Waste Management
AM-19.pdf 74 kb 01/01 Structure Construction and Painting

Section 3  -  BMPs for Erosion and Sediment (ES)

The proposed BMPs listed in this section will focus predominantly on erosion and sediment control, which is one of the most significant issues for construction projects.  It takes a coordinated effort on the part of many individuals to implement erosion and sediment controls correctly.

 File name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
ES-01.pdf 54 kb 08/02 Stabilized Construction Entrance
ES-02.pdf 174 kb 05/03 Tire Washrack
ES-03.pdf 121 kb 05/03 Construction Road Stabilization
ES-04.pdf 121 kb 05/03 Gradient Terraces
ES-05.pdf 110 kb 01/01 Surface Roughening
ES-06.pdf 67 kb 01/01 Topsoil
ES-07.pdf 58 kb 01/01 Mulch
ES-08.pdf 132 kb 01/01 Seeding
ES-09.pdf 61 kb 01/01 Sodding
ES-10.pdf 401 kb 01/01 Trees, Shrubs and Vines
ES-10TAB.pdf 26 kb 01/01 Table - Tree Species Suggested for Planting
ES-11.pdf 270 kb 01/01 Erosion Control Matting
ES-12.pdf 116 kb 01/01 Geotextiles
ES-13.pdf 354 kb 05/03 Check Dams
ES-14.pdf 211 kb 05/11 Silt Fence
ES-15.pdf 300 kb 05/03 Straw Bale Barrier
ES-16.pdf 99 kb 01/01 Sandbag Barrier
ES-17.pdf 113 kb 01/01 Brush or Rock Filter Berm
ES-18.pdf 247 kb 05/03 Temporary Sediment Trap
ES-19.pdf 156 kb 01/01 Sediment Basin
ES-20.pdf 285 kb 05/03 Bank Stabilization and Soil Bioengineering
ES-21.pdf 71 kb 01/01 Diversions and Swales
ES-22.pdf 158 kb 05/03 Channel Linings
ES-23.pdf 146 kb 05/03 Riprap
ES-24.pdf 434 kb 10/09 Temporary Inlet Protection
ES-25.pdf 303 kb 05/03 Outlet Protection
ES-26.pdf 79 kb 01/01 Level Spreader
ES-27.pdf 61 kb 05/03 Floating Sediment Curtain
ES-28.pdf 64 kb 05/03 Gabions
ES-29.pdf 75 kb 07/03 TDOT Standard Details for Erosion Control
ES-30.pdf 118 kb 05/03 TDEC Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs

Section 4  -  BMPs for Industrial and Commercial (IC)

The BMPs listed in this section are generally applicable to industrial and commercial properties, and also other land uses wherever material handling and large-scale maintenance items occur. Some BMPs apply equally well to residential properties and most businesses. Industrial and commercial facilities will also want to consult the BMPs listed in Section 2 (AM), which are generally useful for eliminating or reducing pollution generation.

File name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
IC-01.pdf 55 kb 05/03

Non-Stormwater Discharges to Storm Drains

IC-02.pdf 49 kb 01/01

Outdoor Loading and Unloading of Materials

IC-03.pdf 73 kb 01/01

Outdoor Container Storage of Liquid Materials

IC-04.pdf 75 kb 05/03

Outdoor Process Equipment Operations

IC-05.pdf 85 kb 01/01

Grounds Construction and Maintenance

IC-06.pdf 66 kb 05/03

Over-Water Operations

IC-07.pdf 331 kb 05/03

Food Service and Handling

IC-08.pdf 63 kb 08/07

Power or Pressure Washing

IC-09.pdf 42 kb 05/03 Swimming Pools and Spas
IC-10.pdf 53 kb 12/12 Dumpsters
IC-11.pdf 57 kb 05/03 Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning
IC-12.pdf 40 kb 05/03 Air Conditioners and Refrigeration
IC-13.pdf 49 kb 05/03 Farms and Agricultural Land
IC-14.pdf 55 kb 05/03 Response to Sanitary Sewer Overflows
IC-15.pdf 66 kb 03/14 Mobile Food Service Operations

Section 5  -  BMPs for Residential and Homeowners (RH)

The BMPs listed in this section are generally applicable to residential properties. BMPs from other sections (AM, ES) may be helpful in reducing pollution or controlling erosion. Some types of stormwater treatment (ST) BMPs may also occur on residential property or easements.

File name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
RH-01.pdf 42 kb 05/03 Non-Stormwater Discharges to Storm Drains
RH-02.pdf 44 kb 05/03 Vehicle Washing
RH-03.pdf 46 kb 05/03 Vehicle Maintenance and Repairs
RH-04.pdf 44 kb 05/03 Landscape Irrigation and Lawn Watering
RH-05.pdf 53 kb 05/03 Pesticides and Fertilizers
RH-06.pdf 54 kb 05/03 Household Hazardous Waste
RH-07.pdf 61 kb 05/03 Sanitary Sewer Laterals and Septic Tanks
RH-08.pdf 52 kb 05/03 Pet and Animal Wastes
RH-09.pdf 97 kb 05/03 Slope and Streambank Stabilization
RH-10.pdf 47 kb 05/03 Swimming Pools and Spas
RH-11.pdf 54 kb 05/03 Boating and Marinas
RH-12.pdf 165 kb 05/03 Tips for Wet Basements and Crawl Spaces

Section 6  -  BMPs for Stormwater Treatment (ST)

The BMPs listed in this section represent permanent stormwater treatment practices that generally achieve both stormwater quantity and stormwater quality objectives. Also included are example detention computations and other hydrologic data.

File name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
ST-01.pdf 266 kb 10/07 Dry Detention Basin
ST-02.pdf 303 kb 10/07 Wet Detention Basin
ST-03.pdf 279 kb 05/03 Infiltration Systems
ST-04.pdf 194 kb 05/03 Constructed Wetlands
ST-05.pdf 124 kb 05/03 Filter Strips and Swales
ST-06.pdf 239 kb 05/03 Water Quality Inlets & Media Filtration Inlets
ST-07.pdf 251 kb 05/03 Oil/Water Separator
ST-08.pdf 49 kb 05/03 Underground Detention
ST-09.pdf 77 kb 05/03 Multiple Systems
ST-10.pdf 530 kb 10/07 Detention Computations
ST-11.pdf 179 kb 05/03 Detention Example for Spreadsheet
ST-12.pdf 168 kb 05/03 Detention Example for HEC-1 and HEC-HMS
ST-13.pdf 108 kb 05/03 Other Hydrologic Computations
Microsoft® Excel 97 Spreadsheets
ST-11-CN.xls 27 kb 05/03 Worksheet #1 - Computing Tc and CN
ST-11-EST.xls 33 kb 05/03 Worksheet #2 - Initial detention volume estimates
(Worksheets #3 through #8 not available electronically - spreadsheet detention is discouraged.)
Example Input File for HEC-1
HEC1-EX.txt 4 kb 05/03 Example HEC-1 Data File
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