(a) Preventive maintenance inspections of public infiltration systems, bioretention, retention or detention structures shall be made by the Department. Inspection reports for public facilities shall be maintained by the Department.
(b) Privately maintained facilities shall be inspected by the property owner of record. The Department of the Environment shall create an inspection schedule requiring an inspection during the first year of operation and at least once every three (3) years thereafter. The inspection reports shall be submitted to the Department of the Environment for evaluation to ensure compliance with the approved plans and maintenance agreement. Reports for private facilities shall be maintained by the Department of the Environment.
(c) In lieu of the Department of the Environment maintenance inspections, a licensed professional engineer may also perform maintenance inspections of private facilities and submit the appropriate reports to the Department of the Environment. Inspections by a third-party shall be evaluated by the Department of the Environment to ensure compliance with the approved plan and maintenance agreement.
(d) If, after an inspection, the condition of a facility presents an immediate danger to the public health or safety because of an unsafe condition or improper maintenance, for a publicly maintained facility, the Department or for a privately maintained facility, the Department of the Environment as appropriate, shall take such action as may be necessary to protect the public and make the facility safe. Any cost incurred by the County shall be paid by the owner.
(e) Inspection reports for ESD treatment systems and structural stormwater management measures shall include the following:
- The date of inspection;
- Name of inspector;
- An assessment of the quality of the stormwater management system related to ESD treatment practice efficiency and the control of runoff to the MEP;
- The condition of:
- Vegetation or filter media;
- Fences or other safety devices;
- Spillways, valves, or other control structures;
- Embankments, slopes, and safety benches;
- Reservoir or treatment areas;
- Inlet and outlet channels or structures;
- Underground drainage;
- Sediment and debris accumulation in storage and forebay areas;
- Any nonstructural practices to the extent practicable; and
- Any other item that could affect the proper function of the stormwater management system.
- Description of needed maintenance.
(f) Upon notifying an owner of the inspection results, the owner shall have 30 days, or other time frame mutually agreed to between the Department and the owner, to correct the deficiencies discovered. The Department shall conduct a subsequent inspection to ensure completion of the repairs.
(g) If repairs are not properly undertaken and completed, enforcement procedures of Section 32-195 of this Division shall be followed by the Department.
(h) If, after an inspection by the Department, the condition of a stormwater management facility is determined to present immediate danger to public health or safety because of an unsafe condition, improper construction, or poor maintenance, the Department shall take such action as may be necessary to protect the public and make the facility safe. Any cost incurred by the County shall be assessed against the owner(s), as provided in 32-195(c) of this Division.