What is a Site Management Plan?
A Site Management Plan is a list of activities and best management practices that a cannabis cultivation site intends to follow as they conduct their business operations. The goal of a Site Management Plan is to prevent storm water pollution and erosion control. An outline of a Site Management Plan is found in the General Order, as Attachment D. This outline shows the requirements that need to be addressed in the Site Management Plan.
The first step is to identify what type of discharger category the site falls under; Tier 1 or Tier 2.
Tier 1: Having a disturbed area greater than 2,000 square feet but less than 1 Acre (43,560 square feet).
Tier 2: Having a disturbed area equal to or greater than 1 Acre.
The second step is to identify your Risk Designation; Low, Moderate, or High Risk:
Low Risk: The disturbed area has a slope less than 30 percent and all of the disturbed area complies with required setbacks to riparian areas.
Moderate Risk: Any portion of the disturbed area has a slope greater than 30 percent and all of the disturbed area complies with the required setbacks to riparian areas.
High Risk: Any Portion of the disturbed area is within required setbacks of riparian areas.
Understanding and determining your Tier and Risk Designation is a very important part of the Site Management Plan. This will dictate what is required in the Site Management Plan and whether or not other reports will be required upon submittal.
The Site Management Plan covers multiple aspects of stormwater, sediment control, and erosion prevention. The plan needs to show how a site will prevent stormwater pollution and the best practical treatment or control (BPTC) measures that will be implemented to deal with waste discharge from the site. The discharger information must include; Sediment Discharge BPTC Measures, Fertilizer and Pesticide BPTC Measures, Petroleum Product BPTC Measures, Trash and Domestic Wastewater BPTC Measures, and Winterization BPTC measures.
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Planning your Cannabis Cultivation Project
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Author: Kyle Geitner of BC Engineering Group.