General Resources

SCM Construction Inspection Checklists

Improper construction of permanent water quality SCMs can result in inadequate performance and expensive repair/maintenance costs. We have developed a series of checklists that can be used by construction inspectors, contractors and design engineers to ensure that BMPs are constructed properly the first time. Click the links below to download our checklists:

Permanent Water Quality BMP Inspection and Maintenance Field Guide

We have developed a field guide for BMP Inspection and Maintenance to accompany our in-person training events.  This field guide provides a “quick reference” for inspecting and maintaining permanent water quality BMPs using short narratives, bullet points and pictures that describe what problems to look for, where to look for those problems and how to fix those problems.  This is a must have document for inspectors, maintenance personnel, property managers, landscape contractors etc. – it was even designed to fit in the glove box of a service vehicle!

Printed versions of the field guide are available for purchase for $12/each (discounts for large orders may be available).  These are printed on weather- and tear-resistant paper to withstand the elements of field work.  Please contact us for order and payment information.  A free version of the field guide is also available to download:

Download Field Guide

Routine Extended Detention Basin Maintenance Video

Permanent Water Quality BMP Design

Colorado Rain Garden Guide


Download Rain Garden Guide

Note: If you plan to (or have already) constructed a rain garden in Colorado, please let us know. The Center would like to keep track of rain garden projects in Colorado and encourage you to send us pictures and information about your project. You can contact us and we’ll send you an email to submit your pictures/information.

Learn more about Rain Gardens with the videos below!


For Homeowners/ Residential Properties:

Design Your Own Rain Garden (English)


For Landscapers/ HOA/ Commercial Properties:

How to Incorporate Rain Gardens into your next Water Wise Landscape Project (English)

Recursos españoles

Para propietarios de viviendas / propiedades residenciales: 

Cómo construir un jardín de lluvia

Para paisajistas / HOA / Propiedades comerciales:

Cómo incorporar los jardines de lluvia en su próximo proyecto de paisajismo con control del agua

Contractor Outreach

Landscape contractors play an important role in BMP maintenance and are one of the Center’s target audience groups for stormwater education and training. The Center has produced a pamphlet that outlines the role that landscape contractors play in terms of BMP maintenance, the importance for receiving specialized training in this field and how the Center will be providing that training in the near future. We encourage MS4 BMP inspectors and others who have direct communication with landscape contractors to share this pamphlet with their local landscape contractors.

Download Contractor Flyer

*Make sure to update your local contact information on the pamphlet prior to printing!