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This document is the fourth edition of Volume 1: Managing Urban Stormwater: Soils and Construction published in 2004 and is part of a series of documents produced by the NSW Government on environmental protection. It provides guidance for developers, consultants, consent authorities and practitioners for the design, construction and implementation of measures to improve stormwater management during the construction phase of land development.

Volume 1 is specifically for urban works. It is now complemented by a series of booklets in Volume 2 which cover quarries and other mining sites, waste disposal sites, major road and highway construction, access tracks in bushland and installation of services.

Tables A3 and D1 in the Blue Book are being constantly updated with improved technology and product availability. The most recent versions can be downloaded here:

Table A3
Table D1

The following Excel spreadsheet should be used to size sediment retention basins as required by Section 6.3.3 of the “Blue Book”. It should be used on high erosion hazard lands as identified by figure 4.6 of the “Blue Book” or where the designer chooses to run the RUSLE in calculations.

Sediment Basin Detailed Design

Use this spreadsheet to design sediment basins to the requirements of the 2008 IECA best practice manual:

IECA Sediment Basin Design Spreadsheets

The following check list is for NSW users and has been developed by SEEC for the preparation/review of Erosion & Sediment Control Plans and Soil & Water Management Plans. It is based on information contained in Chapters 2 and 9 of the “Blue Book”. The list is not complete and does not cover all eventualities; it is intended to help prevent key information being omitted.

NSW ESCP/SWMP Check Sheet

The following check list has been developed for QLD users by SEEC for the preparation/review of Minor and Major Erosion & Sediment Control Plans according to the requirements of the Maroon Manual. The list is not complete and does not cover all eventualities; it is intended to help prevent key information being omitted.

QLD ESCP Check Sheet

Blue Book Standard Drawings

Also available from SEEC are all Standard Drawings from the ‘Blue Book’ as CADD files on CD for a nominal fee of $79.50 (GST incl.). To receive your copy of these files, please phone SEEC on (02) 4862 1633, fax us on (02) 4862 3088, or email us.